not much to choose between them after all

16 January 2015

At … it seems there is less and less, and even less to distinguish between Neanderthal craftsmanship and cognizant ability, and those of modern humans of the Upper Palaeolithic period.

These are two bone tools dated to the Neanderthal Middle Palaeolithic period. For most of the 20th century prehistoric experts blew hot and cold when it came to Neanderthal bone tools. It was almost a statement of faith that Neanderthals were backward in comparison with their modern cousins .

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