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Neanderthals … string and cord now on the list of skills

22 November 2013

At www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2013/neanderthal-string-theory … a Neanderthal occupation site in the Ardeche in France has shownthey used string to thread a knecklace of stones, teeth, and shells, or used as pendants.

A new articel in Quaternary Science Review claims twisted fibres were being used as early as 90,000 years ago in Europe. They also hunted large mammals (as recognised) and small prey such as fish, ducks, raptors, rabbits, roots and plants (leaves) and they made use of wood also as well as plant fibres.

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/neanderthal-viruses… … a paper in Current Biology says they have found viruses in fossils of Neanderthals in modern human DNA- which suggests we have inherited them. Some 8 per cent of human DNA is made up of endogenous retroviruses and is passed from  generation to generation (but is part of the so called junk DNA).

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2510219/Ancient-humans-rampantly… … genome analysis of Neanderthals and Denisovans were used and there is evidence of another mystery human ancestor – yet to be found as a fossil. It seems there might have been a world with lots of different hominids which were capable of interbreeding with each other. On the other hand they might all have been one species – with different characteristics, a sort of proto human species that led up to the modern version of the animal.

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