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originally posted by: punkinworks10
a reply to: peter vlar
I do believe that even more surprises in store for athropology in the future.
We are just starting to unravel the knot.
I'll have to add that to the read list.
I've been reading some interesting little tidbits about neaderthals from french sites.
One of the things that caught my attention, was the fairly large variety of nocturnal animals, such as mice and voles, in their middens. It re enforced my opinion that neanderthal were a semi noctural or diurnal hunters. Their eye and brain structure seem to be adapted to low light conditions. Imagine just how dark it must have been in those cold forests.
I also had another thought after reading a paper on how the neanderthal shoulder is built in such a fashion that limits their ability to throw over hand, we find very early atl atls in populations that either have a highlevel of HSN ancestry(native americans) or lived in a region that had HSN persistance (northern spain and france and the solutreans). Is the atl atl a HSN invention to be able to throw a spear over a longer distance, as their habitat changed from forest, where they could hide and ambush prey, to tundra where there was nothing to hide you from the prey.
I was also surprised to find that beveled ivory rods have been found at some HSN sites in france, just like you find at solutrean sites in france.
I've got a couple books I need to finish. I started Clube and Napiers "The Cosmic Serpent" and an obscure book on cataclysm mythos from around the world, just before i got my new puppy. Man its like having a kid, but she's growing up quick so I'll get back to them soon. "The Cosmic Serpent" is very good and lays the astronomical foundations for the YDB event, and subsequent encounters with the debris of the broken comet.
According to archaeological evidence, the atlatl first made its appearance between 25 000 and 40 000 years ago in the region that today encompasses Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. From here, it radiated outwards to Europe, Australia, Asia, and eventually the New World.