Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Neanderthal Tools: New Evidence

Archaeologists recently discovered evidence that they believe shows that Neanderthals were making specialized bone tools before Homo Sapiens Sapiens arrived in Europe.  They made the discoveries in France.  They have come up with several possible theories, according to this CNN story.

  • Maybe modern humans "learned this tool type from Neanderthals." That's the view of one archaeologist. 
  • Another  group thinks that maybe modern humans "arrived earlier than scientists thought, and influenced Neanderthals' tool-making."  
  • Finally, maybe this kind of too-making developed independently
Great story for the first unit on prehistory. Thanks to Lisa Kapp for tweeting the link.

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