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Posted on 05/09/2005 10:49:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
In 2002, a Neandertal partial femoral diaphysis was discovered at Les Rochers-de-Villeneuve (Vienne, France). Radiocarbon dated to 40,700 14C years before present, this specimen is one of the most recent Middle Paleolithic Neandertals. The diaphysis derives from an archeological level indicating alternating human and carnivore (mostly hyena) occupation of the cave, reinforcing the close proximity and probable competition of Middle Paleolithic humans with large carnivores for resources and space. Morphological aspects of the diaphysis and ancient DNA extracted from it indicate that it is aligned with the Neandertals and is distinct from early modern humans. However, its midshaft cortical bone distribution places it between other Middle Paleolithic Neandertals and the Châtelperronian Neandertal from La Roche-à-Pierrot, supporting a pattern of changing mobility patterns among late Middle Paleolithic Neandertals on the eve of modern human dispersals into Europe.
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"We're from France."
Coneheads or Neanderthals?
Quit askin' so many questions, and have some prepared chicken embryos.
Consume your own mass quantities, buster.
.....Scientists noted that the femur exhibited two holes about 18" from each other and have surmised that it was used to affix a white flag for a purpose which has not yet been determined
"midshaft cortical bone distribution" -- what the-
Cave Housed Neanderthals, Humans, Hyenas"There is an abundant corpus of literature that shows that when modern humans spread across Europe, they variably absorbed the Neanderthals into those populations," said Erik Trinkaus, professor of anthropology at Washington University. "This shows up in scattered anatomical traits during the following 10,000-20,000 years, and the Neanderthal traits gradually fade out."
by Jennifer Viegas
Just updating the GGG info, not sending a general distribution.To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.The Neandertal EnigmaFrayer'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]
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