Dumb Neaderthals?

“You Neanderthal!” mocked Gorilla Grod at Lax Luthor. When you think of Neanderthals, most picture ugly, stupid beings. But, new findings have now suggested that they were probably the original metrosexual as they did their best to make themselves look quite presentable by wearing make-up 50,000 years ago.British archaeologists claim to have found evidence that Neanderthal men experimented with cosmetics 50,000 years ago, a discovery which proves the human subspecies werent the half-wits people assume but they were very much capable of symbolic thinking, the Daily Mail reported.
Professor Joao Zilhao, who led a team at Bristol University, said the find shot down the view of Neanderthals as half-wits. This is the first secure evidence that, some 50,000 years ago ten millennia before modern humans are first recorded in Europe the behaviour of Neanderthals was symbolically organised, Prof. Zilhao was quoted as saying. The archaeologists have based their findings on an analysis of sea shells containing brightly coloured pigments which were used as Neanderthal make-up containers.

It has been discovered that Neanderthals knew the ‘art of cooking‘. Cooked food was found on their fossilized teeth.

An amusing article appeared on Guardian Newspaper “Ringtones? They’re so Neanderthal“ on Jan 17, 2010.

 

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About Dilawar

Graduate Student at National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.
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