Skip to comments.Found the oldest Neanderthal wooden tools in the Iberian Peninsula
Posted on 08/24/2018 3:34:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The detailed analysis of this tool and the luminescence dating of the sediment that bears the wooden remains indicate that the objects were deposited around 90,000 years ago, and thus were made by neandertals.
The Micro-CT analysis and a close examination of the surface have shown that a yew trunk was cut longitudinally into two halves. One of this halves was scraped with a stone tool and treated with fire to harden it and to facilitate the scraping to obtain a pointed morphology. Use-wear analysis revealed that it was used for digging in search of food, flint, or simply to make holes in the ground.
The preservation of wooden tools associated with neandertals is very rare because wood degrades very quickly. Only in very specific environments, like the waterlogged sediments from Aranbaltza, it has been possible to find evidence of wooden technology. As it was suggested by indirect evidence, this type of technology was relevant in neandertal daily life.
In the Iberian Peninsula wooden tools associated to neandertals have been found only in the travertine from Abric Romaní (Catalonia), and in the rest of Europe only four sites (Clacton on Sea, Schöningen, Lehringen and Poggeti Vechi) have provided wooden tools associated to neandertals or pre-neandertals. Therefore, findings like the one from Aranbaltza are crucial to investigate the neandertal technology and use of wood.
The archaeological project at Aranbaltza started in 2013 to investigate the last neandertals from Western Europe, who were responsible of the Chatelperronian culture. The ongoing excavations have revealed different neandertal occupation events spanning from 100 to 44,000 years. This makes of Aranbaltza an exceptional site to investigate neandertal evolution and behavioral variability.
(Excerpt) Read more at phys.org ...
The Neandertal Enigma"Frayer's own reading of the record reveals a number of overlooked traits that clearly and specifically link the Neandertals to the Cro-Magnons. One such trait is the shape of the opening of the nerve canal in the lower jaw, a spot where dentists often give a pain-blocking injection. In many Neandertal, the upper portion of the opening is covered by a broad bony ridge, a curious feature also carried by a significant number of Cro-Magnons. But none of the alleged 'ancestors of us all' fossils from Africa have it, and it is extremely rare in modern people outside Europe." [pp 126-127]
by James Shreeve
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Neanderthal tools last 90,000 years, and my Harbor Freight grease gun bit the dust after a week.
So *that’s* where my ancestors left it! :0)
Was it made in China?
Of course... and the Chinese national motto is “9000 miles is a long way to return ANYTHING.” ;)
Homage to Catalonia.
“Frayer’s own reading of the record reveals a number of overlooked traits that clearly and specifically link the Neandertals to the Cro-Magnons.”
You post that a lot. There must be some significance of which I am ignorant.
What’s the big deal about a link between the two?
I have a four or five year old socket set that has stood up to some real hard use.
That was back before Craftsman tools were made in China. And you know, the ones made in America are way better than the ones from Europe.
Catalonia is what you say to a guy injured by a stampede.
I only post that in Neandertal topics -- the morphological links between living humans and Neandertal were unmistakable, and were not due to even older common ancestors. Over recent years, as the DNA technology has improved, there's no longer any way to credibly deny the link anyway. There are those who might deny it without credibility, though.
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