Neanderthals Enjoyed Patterns

Published on 29 Mar 2017, 18:38
Science News reports that beetween 38,000 and 43,000 years ago, Neanderthals added two notches to five previous incisions on a raven bone to produce an evenly spaced sequence, researchers say. This visually consistent pattern suggests Neandertals either had an eye for pleasing-looking displays or saw some deeper symbolic meaning in the notch sequence. Notches added to the bone, unearthed in 2005 at a Crimean rock shelter that previously yielded Neandertal bones, were shallower and more quickly dashed off than the original five notches. But additions were carefully placed, resulting in relatively equal spacing of all notches.

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