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Who built the world's first structures ?


Posted on Tuesday, 6 December, 2011 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Melo


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It is thought that neanderthals may have been the first to build structures using mammoth bones.

At least one mammoth-bone structure built by neanderthals has been found dating back some 44,000 years. Thought to be either used as a shelter or as an area for killing and cooking animals the structure consisted of 116 mammoth bones and tusks arranged in a large ring-shaped enclosure. Similar homo sapien structures have dated back to around 27,500 years ago.

"Neandertals are stumping for bragging rights as the first builders of mammoth-bone structures, an accomplishment usually attributed to Stone Age people."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by lightly on 7 December, 2011, 19:40
Heidi. man is one of the subclasses of H. Erectus, IIRC. Thanks for tracking that down, Lightly. Harte Ah, thanks. .... my pleasure Mr. Harte. I nearly posted a couple sites earlier... but the findings are somewhat contested , so i chickened out Good topic Melo, Interesting to learn, and think, about what our earliest relatives were like.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Harte on 7 December, 2011, 20:23
Orangutans build nests to sleep in and even umbrellas to protect themselves from the rain. So do birds. I wouldn't be too quick to call it primate behavior. Harte
Comment icon #12 Posted by questionmark on 7 December, 2011, 20:28
So do birds. I wouldn't be too quick to call it primate behavior. Harte In fact, except unwarranted aggression there is hardly any primate specific behavior.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Night Walker on 7 December, 2011, 21:21
In fact, except unwarranted aggression there is hardly any primate specific behavior. What about social deception? I think it is refered to as "tactical deception" in the literature - Acts from the normal repertoire of the agent, deployed such that another individual is likely to misinterpret what the acts signify, to the advantage of the agent. (Byrne & Whiten 1992) We humans have turned the behaviour into an art form...
Comment icon #14 Posted by jules99 on 7 December, 2011, 21:30
So do birds. I wouldn't be too quick to call it primate behavior. Harte With primates structure building is referred to as a tradition, because the behaviour is learned and passed along socially, as opposed to being an innate behaviour. My point was that structure building could be inferred to have existed from the earliest days of hominid development because we see evidence of it in primates today. We see evidence of tool use going back about 1.8 million yrs at a point where habilis' cranial capacity is still greater than orangutans and chimps, so why shouldnt structures also have been built?... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by questionmark on 7 December, 2011, 22:47
brWhat about social deception? I think it is refered to as "tactical deception" in the literature - iActs from the normal repertoire of the agent, deployed such that another individual is likely to misinterpret what the acts signify, to the advantage of the agent./i (Byrne & Whiten 1992)brbrWe humans have turned the behaviour into an art form...brbrbrTypical in all linear society forming animals, including some insects.brbrEgotism is a survival strategy.brbrbr
Comment icon #16 Posted by tailormaneinafog on 8 December, 2011, 11:57
There was evidence of mammoth bones being used for shelters in South America if I remember correctly. This new find suggests that they may have made it to the americas around 40,000 years ago and made some footprints now preserved in volcanic ash.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Harte on 8 December, 2011, 13:07
What about social deception? I think it is refered to as "tactical deception" in the literature - Acts from the normal repertoire of the agent, deployed such that another individual is likely to misinterpret what the acts signify, to the advantage of the agent Birds do that too, believe it or not. Harte
Comment icon #18 Posted by Alienated Being on 8 December, 2011, 13:57
Adam and Eve built the first structures Harry Potter built the first structures, actually.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Rhincewind on 8 December, 2011, 21:36
no the first ever structure was built by... starbucks. They have always been here and like a dormant plague will always remain


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