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Evidence for a likely 50,000-year-old Neanderthal burial ground that includes the remains of at least three individuals has been unearthed in Spain, according to a Quaternary International paper.
The deceased appear to have been intentionally buried, with each Neanderthal's arms folded such that the hands were close to the head. Remains of other Neanderthals have been found in this position, suggesting that it held meaning.
Neanderthal skeletons found in apparent burial poses have been unearthed at a site in Spain.
The site, Sima de las Palomas, may be the first known Neanderthal burial ground of Mediterranean Europe.
Remains for six to seven other Neanderthals, including an infant and two juveniles, as well as associated tools and food, have also been excavated.
Originally posted by ISRAELdid911
believe it or not Chimpanzee's mourn death. now not sure if they believe in the afterlife... I'll ask the next time I'm at the zoo.
Originally posted by optimus primal
my point with my original post in this thread was that neanderthals have been generally accepted to be quite different from the brutish manbeasts originally thought. i can remember reading in highschool about supposed burial rights, about how they made art. More recently about how they had everything required to have had a language. it seems to me that the OP read a book about neanderthals from the 60's and is suddenly suprised to find that modern anthropology disagrees with previous ideas.
H. neanderthalensis lived from 400,000 to about 30,000 years ago. Also proposed as Homo sapiens neanderthalensis. Evidence from sequencing mitochondrial DNA indicated that no significant gene flow occurred between H. neanderthalensis and H. sapiens, and, therefore, the two were separate species that shared a common ancestor about 660,000 years ago. In 1997, Mark Stoneking stated: "These results [based on mitochondrial DNA extracted from Neanderthal bone] indicate that Neanderthals did not contribute mitochondrial DNA to modern humans… Neanderthals are not our ancestors". Subsequent investigation of a second source of Neanderthal DNA supported these findings. However, the 2010 sequencing of the Neanderthal genome indicated that Neanderthals did indeed interbreed with H. sapiens circa 75,000 BC (after H. sapiens moved out from Africa, but before they separated into Europe, the Middle East, and Asia). Nearly all modern humans, non-African humans have 1% to 4% of their DNA derived from Neanderthal DNA. However, supporters of the multiregional hypothesis point to recent studies indicating non-African nuclear DNA heritage dating to one Ma, although the reliability of these studies has been questioned. Competition from Homo sapiens probably contributed to Neanderthal extinction. They could have coexisted in Europe for as long as 10,000 years.
H. sapiens Main article: Early Homo sapiens H. sapiens (the adjective sapiens is Latin for "wise" or "intelligent") have lived from about 250,000 years ago to the present. Between 400,000 years ago and the second interglacial period in the Middle Pleistocene, around 250,000 years ago, the trend in skull expansion and the elaboration of stone tool technologies developed, providing evidence for a transition from H. erectus to H. sapiens. The direct evidence suggests there was a migration of H. erectus out of Africa, then a further speciation of H. sapiens from H. erectus in Africa. A subsequent migration within and out of Africa eventually replaced the earlier dispersed H. erectus. This migration and origin theory is usually referred to as the recent single origin or Out of Africa theory. Current evidence does not preclude some multiregional evolution or some admixture of the migrant H. sapiens with existing Homo populations. This is a hotly debated area of paleoanthropology.