Use of body ornamentation shows Neanderthal mind capable of advanced thought

Monday, January 11, 2010 - 23:14 in Paleontology & Archaeology

The widespread view of Neanderthals as cognitively inferior to early modern humans is challenged by new research. Scientists examined pigment-stained and perforated marine shells, most certainly used as neck pendants, from two Neanderthal-associated sites in the Murcia province of south-east Spain. The analysis of lumps of red and yellow pigments found alongside suggest they were used in cosmetics.

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