Neanderthals ... another assumption bites the dust

20 Jul 2012

At ... the unique arm morphology of Neanderthals, thought to be due to coming up close to their prey and thrusting with their spears, is now found to be due to scraping activities, such as hide preparation. So, the idea of Neanderthals as big strong spear thrusters has taken a tumble - what evidence is there for close quarters hunting activity now? The article is in PLsS ONE 2012 7(7)ie40349 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0040349