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Pigment-stained seashells, likely worn as necklaces by Neanderthals, suggest these early Europeans were not only stylish, but that they were also just as smart and crafty as humans in Africa were.source
Francesco d'Errico, an archaeologist from the University of Bordeaux, France, has found crafted lumps of pigment - essentially crayons - left behind by Neanderthals across Europe.source
The scientists found lumps of a yellow pigment, that they say was possibly used as a foundation.
They also found red powder mixed up with flecks of a reflective brilliant black mineral.source
Evidence of the very first clothing is mostly indirect. Archeologists (scientists who study the fossil and material remnants of past life) discovered chipped rock scrapers that they believe were used to scrape meat from animal hides. These date to about 100,000 B.C.E. Archeologists believe that these early humans cut the hides into shapes they liked, making holes for the head and perhaps the arms, and draped the furs over their bodies. Soon their methods likely grew more sophisticated. They may have used thin strips of hide to tie the furs about themselves, perhaps in the way that belts are used today.source
Originally posted by Tephra
Of course they did, they had a larger cranial capacity than we do...
Originally posted by I B Dazzlin
reply to post by Versa
There is already a current thread on this.
Originally posted by Cobaltic1978
It doew beg the question though, why were they wiped out?
I mean they seemed to have the intelligence, I've even seen references to them creating music. How this conclusion has been evidenced I don't know.
So why are they not still around? Could it be that we/man wiped them out?
The "mask", which is dated to be about 35,000 years old, was recovered on the banks of the Loire in France. It is about 10 cm tall and wide and has a bone splinter rammed through a hole, making the rock look as if it has eyes. source