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First bone tools suggest Neanderthals taught

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Two Stone Age humans watch intently as their teacher works on a fragment of rib. With a final flourish the tool is complete, and one student moves in for a closer look. Communication is difficult in the absence of a common language. "Now you try," gestures the Neanderthal teacher.

The scene may not be as far-fetched as it might seem. A team of archaeologists has found evidence to suggest that Neanderthals were the first to produce a type of specialised bone tool, still used in some modern cultures today. The find is the best evidence yet that we may have – on rare occasions – learned a trick or two from our extinct cousins.

http://www.newscient...ml#.UgqEX3_F8dU

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Nice to hear a theory putting Neanderthals in a positive light for a change.

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Very much so.

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Nice to hear a theory putting Neanderthals in a positive light for a change.

Yeah, those Geico commercials were giving them a bad name!

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Yeah, those Geico commercials were giving them a bad name!

Cheers Sundew, just been discovering the cave-man himself on YouTube. :)

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Cheers Sundew, just been discovering the cave-man himself on YouTube. :)

I wondered if it would translate to Britain! Your Star Wars avatar looks rather Bond-ish now. Shaken, not stirred.

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Iam sure they did make tools,they where not dumb they where around for a long time

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they did not die out there's lots of them here in OZ

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I wondered if it would translate to Britain! Your Star Wars avatar looks rather Bond-ish now. Shaken, not stirred.

They translate well. :)

The avatar is 'Bond-ish' but its based on Lexan from Shufflepuck Cafe. ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shufflepuck_Caf%C3%A9#Popular_References

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Two Stone Age humans watch intently as their teacher works on a fragment of rib. With a final flourish the tool is complete, and one student moves in for a closer look. Communication is difficult in the absence of a common language. "Now you try," gestures the Neanderthal teacher.

The scene may not be as far-fetched as it might seem. A team of archaeologists has found evidence to suggest that Neanderthals were the first to produce a type of specialised bone tool, still used in some modern cultures today. The find is the best evidence yet that we may have – on rare occasions – learned a trick or two from our extinct cousins.

http://www.newscient...ml#.UgqEX3_F8dU

If it's true, that's another great example of human (sapiens sapiens) gratitude :lol:

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As far as H. sapiens learning from H. neanderthalensis its probably a big deal, but considering that the archaeological for hominis stared around 2.5 m.y.a. including bone tools and then stone tools about 2 m.y.a. well before either genus, its not that big a deal.

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Does this mean there was a common language between the two?

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Lest we all be overcome with warm fuzzies, Kipling (in "Kaa's Hunting") has the monkey tribe forcing the kidnapped Mowgli to show them how people make things.

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With the amount of homeless and starving people in North America is there a point to even be concern about such a topic.

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