Neanderthals were smarter than previously thought

Neanderthals were smarter than previously thought

Although in many cases, history as we know it is something immovable, especially due to lack of information or irrefutable evidence that overturns what was believed until now, there are times when it can be rewritten thanks to the investigations that are carried out. carried out practically throughout the year and in different fields.

Something like this is what has happened recently and that can radically change the perspective we have of a part of our history, exactly from Neanderthals. This is demonstrated after an investigation carried out from the University of Montreal in Canada, where the concept we had about our ancestors has been changed as a result of an archaeological site in France.

This has been possible after find of a multipurpose bone tool dating back to the Neanderthal era, something that for researchers shows that those hominids were capable of understanding the different mechanical properties of bone and knew perfectly how to use it for different purposes, including making new tools, something that until now was only attributed to Homo Sapiens.

Neanderthals lived in both Europe and Western Asia in the age of Middle Palaeolithic, approximately between 250,000 and 28,000 years ago and although there was extensive knowledge about them, this discovery is something that has surprised locals and strangers.

For a long time, experts talked about limitations of Neanderthals, being reluctant to delve further into their study, calling them almost as authentic savages, although not all scientists and researchers had that concept about them. Over time they have been found to have some control over handling different materials, evidencing the delay that some “scholars”They blamed the Neanderthals.

This tool found in France has a great level of conservation, It is taken from the left femur of an adult reindeer and is dated between approximately 55,000 and 60,000 years. It has different marks, some of them characteristic of having been used on many occasions, but others reflect a certain percussion, which suggests that this piece was carved to sharpen the edges.

According to several experts from the research group: “This discovery allows us to recognize that not only Homo Sapiens had the cognitive capacity to elaborate this kind of tools, Neanderthals also had it, as is demonstrated in this finding, which will surely reveal more details of what these hominids were like.”.

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