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Neanderthals Were the First To Use Specialized Bone Tools

samzenpus posted about 8 months ago | from the credit-where-credit-is-due dept.

Science 33

An anonymous reader writes "Humans have progressed and evolved creating complex tools throughout the years. Based on artifacts and fossils in combination with research, scientists have known that people have used tools made from all kinds of materials. Now in a new study, two research teams discovered that the first specialized set of bone tools were created by Neanderthals in Europe."

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that explains why (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44546503)

africa still hasn't invented the wheel

Re:that explains why (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548939)

africa still hasn't invented the wheel

Just the part to the south of Sahara sucks because the people - the part to the north sucks because of the religion, and scored some nice achievements (Carthage, anyone?).

And it has nothing to do with Neanderthals, but any borderline smart H. sapiens leaving it. The leftover was... well...

First in Europe, not First Worldwide (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44546557)

McPherron cautioned that the researchers are not suggesting that Neanderthals were the first to make bone tools.

"There are sophisticated bone tools that are even older in Africa, for instance," McPherron said. "Neanderthals were, however, the first in Europe to make specialized bone tools."


Missing the point (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44547425)


Bone tools (1, Funny)

AlternativeIdeas (3013367) | about 8 months ago | (#44546563)

Seriously, you had to quote them as "bone" tools?
Given the level of maturity on Slashdot, I'm afraid at the impending onslaught of bad puns.

You could say I'm petrified at the impending Stone Age jokes.

Re:Bone tools (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 8 months ago | (#44546847)

It sounds like prehistorical irony, except that there was no prehistorical iron back then.

Re:Bone tools (2)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 8 months ago | (#44548567)

It sounds like prehistorical irony, except that there was no prehistorical iron back then.

Oh, there was, it just gets ignored because it wasn't very refined...

Progressed and evolved... (0)

TheAmazingChestaro (2942643) | about 8 months ago | (#44546651)

If we've progressed and evolved as suggested, can someone please explain US Congress to me?

Re:Progressed and evolved... (1)

dunng808 (448849) | about 8 months ago | (#44546925)

If indeed calling someone a Neanderthal becomes a compliment, call that same person a politician instead. Language does evolve.

News summary *FAIL* (1)

Nutria (679911) | about 8 months ago | (#44546655)

the first specialized set of bone tools were created by Neanderthals in Europe.

Shame on you, non-geeks, for warping a plainly written article into allegedly saying something it did not in fact say.


Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44546681)

Homo "sapiens"....

Typically human (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44546741)

The creative genius whose ideas are stolen by organized thieves who go on to rewrite history in their favor.

That's how it works.

Re:Typically human (2)

swalve (1980968) | about 8 months ago | (#44547695)

Who says who won? Maybe the neandertal blood in us is what kicked-started humanity's ascent.

Re:Typically human (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548247)

The only reason why scientists are afraid to challenge the "Out of Africa" hypothesis is because it brings up the uncomfortable possibility that, rather than being the purest example of the human race, the small group of sub-Saharan Africans with no trace of Neanderthal genes REALLY missed the genetic bus and got left behind while the rest of the human race moved on.

You're a Neanderthal! (4, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 8 months ago | (#44546781)

"After decades of dedicated research, our paleontologists can say with virtual certainty that many a sophisticated Neanderthal back in the day would take great offense at being compared to some of your neighbors."

Re:You're a Neanderthal! (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 8 months ago | (#44549793)

But if you call them a "Homo Erectus" they really slap you, even if they don't know what it is.

No, this article is wrong... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44546931)

It was the Republicans....

multi culti (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44547795)

This is a prime example of a kind of "news" that simply is not published or is heavily distorted before publishing in Finland nowadays.
No good comes from Europe. Everyone is equal. Penquins invented the wheel.

Tools (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548801)

Why does this begin to sound like the Pilgrims coming to NA.
Hi were hungry from walking all the way from Africa. Could you fix us some food using those cool bone tools? We promise we won't have sex with you and eventually wipe you out as a separate genetic group.

No (1)

noshellswill (598066) | about 8 months ago | (#44549063)

Reported arch-data glamorizes damned-near a natural product, provides weak dating, speculates ... not demonstrates  innovation and generally glows a maundering Neanderphilia.  What's next .. Neander bear-brain pop-tarts?

Orp & Borp ;  feckin-A cave-men pad'res ... rank in-tooth-and-claw not misunderstood Archimedes!

I think they meant to say... (1)

RocketRabbit (830691) | about 8 months ago | (#44549655)

I think they meant to say that the first RECOVERED bone tools were used by neanderthals.

After all, lack of evidence of bone tools is not evidence of the lack of them.

The Winners Carve the History Books (3, Interesting)

retroworks (652802) | about 8 months ago | (#44550861)

I saw a PBS documentary on this, and the beads and art were also more advanced among Neanderthals of the period than Homo Sapiens Sapiens digs. The initial Neanderthal skeleton, the documentary said, was stooped because of arthritis, but led to a caricature of stoop shouldered morons. It looked more like a Romans-taking-over-Greece than Neanderthals being outcompeted.

The trolls here should take a lesson, however, that almost everything in archeological history pertaining to inventions (like wheels and metals) stems from TRADE, and almost nothing stems from gene pools. There are plenty of geographies with Neanderthal DNA which don't have metals or wheels, the commonality of retarded invention adaptation is a major geographic barrier to exchanging with other humans (ocean, desert, mountain range), and ability to exchange and cross-reference and interact - not the DNA. The ability to exchange and trade (guns, germs, metals) predicted success in Europe, and melting pot economies tend to do pretty well economically. If trolls want to isolate themselves from interacting with "inferior" (different) people, be our guests by all means. /. has evolved, with mod points, to distance itself from Arian Nazi propaganda.

Re:The Winners Carve the History Books (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44552181)

Necessity is the mother of invention and adopting inventions by others, leading to new opportunities and new necessities for inventions. Animals in the north were adapted to cold by growing bigger, had tough skins, and a great way for pre-sapiens sapiens and we to survive was wearing some quality leather. Although Neanderthals did have morphological adaptations (like we Nordics have today) against the cold that wouldn't have made them woolly mammoths.

IP battles go back to our roots (1)

tbonefrog (739501) | about 8 months ago | (#44551603)

I have some Neanderthal DNA and I want reparations from the Homo Sapiens who stole my birthright. A billion would be fine, even though it represents just a pittance compared to the contributions of my people, which was stolen from us.

The New Neanderthal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44552151)

Homo Sapiens, Sapiens, the new Neanderthal.
Neanderthals were smarter and more creative but like modern
city dwellers kept alive by social welfare, taxes, and fast food
They have replaced superior genetic and socio cultural expressions
such as the local indigenous populations world wide.
Just waiting for Malthus to set this all straight...

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