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Did Neanderthals sail the Mediterranean ?


Posted on Monday, 19 November, 2012 | Comment icon 20 comments | News tip by: the L


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Neanderthal seafarers may have ventured to the Mediterranean islands more than 12,000 years ago.

Up until now it was believed that the first people to reach the islands of the Mediterranean were Stone Age farmers and shepherds, but new archaeological finds suggest that the islands may have been visited before this. Obsidian from the Aegean island of Melos discovered on the mainland for example has been found dating back 11,000 years while artifacts found on Cyprus date back even further.

"We found evidence that human hunters may have helped drive pygmy hippos to extinction on Cyprus about 12,000 years ago," said archaeologist Alan Simmons. "There's still a lot to find in archaeology - you have to keep pushing the envelope in terms of conventional wisdom."

"Neanderthals and other extinct human lineages might have been ancient mariners, venturing to the Mediterranean islands thousands of years earlier than previously thought."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by C235 on 19 November, 2012, 16:31
There really is something wrong with these archaeologists.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Helen of Annoy on 19 November, 2012, 17:21
Thou shall read the whole article before trying to spoil the fun we are having here with Homo Erectus.
Comment icon #13 Posted by wolfknight on 19 November, 2012, 18:36
I think anything is possible. Look at the Clovis people
Comment icon #14 Posted by DieChecker on 19 November, 2012, 20:11
I think it is possible that neanderthals floated over on logs. They saw an island, got on a log and paddled over.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Myles on 20 November, 2012, 12:23
That is possible.
Comment icon #16 Posted by booNyzarC on 20 November, 2012, 17:39
Sailing in the Mediterranean is so easy that a caveman can do it.
Comment icon #17 Posted by smokeycat on 23 November, 2012, 13:00
What was the Mediterranean like during the ice age when sea levels were around 130m (425 feet) lower?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Hilander on 24 November, 2012, 1:31
If sea levels were that much lower it might not been as difficult as it would of been with today's sea levels. There would of been more islands I would think. Maybe they just found something that would float to use as a boat.
Comment icon #19 Posted by DieChecker on 24 November, 2012, 7:32
Good point, I'd forgotten that angle.


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