Skip to comments.Neanderthal bones show signs of cannibalism
Posted on 07/07/2016 1:18:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The remains that were found were radiocarbon-dated to be about 40,500 to 45,500 years old, and it was determined that Neanderthals butchered and used the bones of their peers as tools, according to a press release from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports.
The team identified 99 "uncertain" bone fragments as belonging to Neanderthals, which would make this the greatest trove of Neanderthal remains ever found north of the Alps.
The findings also shed light on the genetics of this lost human species, adding to previously collected data on Neanderthal genes.
While this is the first evidence of Neanderthal cannibalistic behavior in northern Europe, past researchers have found signs of ancient cannibalism at El Sidrón and Zafarraya in Spain as well as at the French sites Moula-Guercy and Les Pradelles.
The researchers say it appears the human remains were used in the same way as other animals. One thigh bone and three shinbones were used to help shape stone tools used by the Neanderthal community at the site, they said.
The researchers said that the findings open up new windows of understanding into how this ancient species actually lived and interacted.
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Hell, times get tough and nobody likes Dwane anyway...
“Modern” men are occasionally cannibals. Why not Neanderthals?
Gnawed on by Neaderkitties?
They must have been republicans.
Cannibal 1: I can’t stand your mother-in-law
Cannibal 2: then just eat the vegetables.
Wait a minute! That would mean that the ancient aliens that helped them build all those wild temples and structures out of huge rocks looked the other way during dinner?!
Gee, why wouldn’t the ancient aliens help them to learn how to farm, hunt, fish, open supermarkets...?
Actually, the Herculoids were from an advanced society. They just went native.
Well put. It’s likely they eventually ran out of Dwanes.
They not only looked the other way, they gave the neanderthals a first edition copy of "To Serve Man."
“Actually, the Herculoids were from an advanced society. They just went native.”
Really?,All I remember was momma Herculoid was hot.
Whoog like um rare.
Yes & yes.
Cannibalism appears to have existed in some form from the very beginning up to even recent times-ancients cannibalized enemies, sacrificial victims, etc-today it happens with plane crashes and other starvation-in the-wilderness situations-and don’t forget the Donner party...
Haha! Neanderthals... No surprise.
The ancient aliens tried to teach us farming and science and such, but we ate them instead.
Don’t you just hate it when you just miss the market or kitchen closing time, and you’re starving?
There was a big todo about a evidence of cannibalism among some American Indian excavation sites. Human bones with human teeth marks on them, mostly.
Some group group of people is infuriated every time archaeological digs prove that humans were all pretty much uncivilized at some point in history-Brits were upset when it was revealed their ancestors practiced human sacrifice and cannibalism, too-and they are usually pretty realistic in their thinking as far as history goes...
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