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'Articulated' Neanderthal skeleton unearthed

By T.K. Randall
February 18, 2020 · Comment icon 6 comments



The individual was 'middle- to older-aged' when they died. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Paul Hudson / Flickr
Palaeontologists have revealed the discovery of one of the most significant Neanderthal skeletons in a decade.
Found within Iraq's Shanidar Cave, the remains have been described as 'articulated', meaning that the bones are still arranged in their original positions rather than being scattered all around.

Shanidar has long been an important site for Neanderthal discoveries with the partial remains of ten individuals being unearthed there during the 1950s and 1960s.

At the time, the positions of the bodies, coupled with the discovery of pollen clumps, led experts to conclude that the Neanderthals may have buried their dead with flowers.
The new skeleton - which dates back 70,000 years - is no less significant.

"So much research on how Neanderthals treated their dead has to involve returning to finds from 60 or even a hundred years ago, when archaeological techniques were more limited, and that only ever gets you so far," said Dr Emma Pomeroy from the University of Cambridge.

"To have primary evidence of such quality from this famous Neanderthal site will allow us to use modern technologies to explore everything from ancient DNA to long-held questions about Neanderthal ways of death, and whether they were similar to our own."

Source: BBC News | Comments (6)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye 3 years ago
I bet they, the Neanderthals, could sing and dance a lot too...  ~
Comment icon #2 Posted by Myles 3 years ago
While primitive, they were not without feelings of their departed. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Nnicolette 3 years ago
Wow that is one longstanding tradition! I wonder what the oldest is.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Dude Ease 3 years ago
Probably used flowers to hide the smell
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
Modern human and Neanderthals were probably both primitive 70000 ago... Neanderthal just didn't have the chance to survive elsewhere than in our genome.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Manwon Lender 3 years ago
It amazing when you think about it that Neanderthals walked the earth from around 400,000 years ago up until around 40,000 years ago and during all that time changed very little.. These people walked and lived in the same locations that our direct ancestors Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens did. While little is know about the interactions of Neanderthal, Homo Erectus, and Homo Sapiens one thing is certain they did interbreed and proof of this still exists today in the DNA of modern Humans of European and Euroasian origin.  In addition due to new discoveries it is being presented that it was Neande... [More]


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