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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Neanderthals, once considered the low-brows of human evolution, may have been among the world's first artists, creating cave paintings long before modern humanity arrived on the scene, scientists reported in two new studies Thursday.




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Although these primitive cousins of humankind mastered fire and made tools, most archaeologists have assumed until now that they lacked the cognitive capacity for artistic expression, unlike early humans who painted vivid images of lions, rhinos and other animals on cave walls.

In the new studies of paintings in three Spanish caves, archaeologists used a sensitive dating technique to measure minerals that had slowly built up as water dripped onto the paintings over time. It revealed that these prehistoric images had been painted at least 64,000 years ago -- a time when Neanderthals were the only hominids inhabiting Western Europe, the scientists said.

"We conclude that this cave art has to be made by Neanderthals," said physicist Dirk Hoffmann at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, who led researchers from 15 centers in Germany, the U.K., Portugal and Spain. They published their findings in the journals Science and Science Advances.


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They have also been saying that Neanderthals didn't know how to fish (no fish bones or hooks ever found in Neanderthal caves). That also struck as a sort of curious thing to believe.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-02-22 04:52 PM | Reply

Big deal, it took all this time to realise Neanderthals could draw.

#2 | Posted by patron at 2018-02-22 05:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

- didn't know how to fish

and still don't know. they're fuxking idiots.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-22 06:09 PM | Reply

Maybe this cartoon needs to be updated now...

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-22 06:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Recently read an interesting hypothesis as to why Neanderthals were incapable of depicting art. It had everything to do with the different modes of hunting between humans and neanderthals. Humans used tools that were made for throwing whereas neanderthals were most noted for their stabbing, thrusting, and clubbing method. The difference being that humans had to evolve a visual means of targeting, adjusting, and predicting in order to hunt that neanderthals did not. This evolution also developed a portion of the brain that helped produce drawings.

A sloppy abstract at best, but I thought it was an intriguing hypothesis. The linked article makes this whole aspect even more intriguing: So they found neanderthal cave art, but why is it so rare compared to human cave art?

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-22 06:50 PM | Reply

Proof that rwingers use crayons?


#6 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-22 06:52 PM | Reply

Cant comment on subscription threads.

#7 | Posted by boaz at 2018-02-23 07:47 AM | Reply

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