Early dates for â€˜Neanderthal cave artâ€™ may be wrong
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- Early dates for â€˜Neanderthal cave artâ€™ may be wrong
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- Journal of Human Evolution
- Aubert, Maxime
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- Cave Art ( local )
Neanderthal ( local )
Uranium-Series Dating ( local )
- serial ( sobekcm )
- Current evidence suggests that some Neanderthal populations engaged in modern human-like forms of symbolic behavior, including: the extensive and systematic use of ochers and other prepared mineral pigments (i.e., paint; Dayet et al., 2014, Heyes et al., 2016); use of perforated shells and various other modified and unmodified objects and substances as ornaments (e.g., â€˜jewelryâ€™), including bird feathers (Finlayson et al., 2012) and claws (RadovÄiÄ‡ et al., 2015); manufacture of elaborate structures of unknown purpose inside deep cave passages (Jaubert et al., 2016); and engraving of non-figurative markings on bones (MajkiÄ‡ et al., 2017) and cortical areas of flaked stone artifacts (MajkiÄ‡ et al., 2018), and also on immobile rock surfaces (i.e., at Gorham's Cave; Rodríguez-Vidal et al., 2014). Scientific opinion is deeply divided over the meaning of these behaviorsâ€”the empirical evidence for which, in some instances, is not yet unanimously accepted. Indeed, the notion that even late-surviving Neanderthals had acquired aspects of cognitive â€˜modernityâ€™, either independently or through direct cultural contact (including interbreeding) with the first modern humans to enter Europe, remains a subject of lively debate.
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- Journal of Human Evolution, Vol. 125 (2018-12).
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- University of South Florida Library
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- University of South Florida
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