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Neanderthals shape up as globe's first jewellers

The widely-held vision of Neanderthals as brutes may need a stark rethink after research found they crafted the world's earliest jewellery from eagle talons 130,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared in EuropeThe widely-held vision of Neanderthals as brutes may need a stark rethink after research found they crafted the world’s earliest jewellery from eagle talons 130,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared in Europe. “While reviewing eight, white-tailed eagle talons and an associated phalanx, on the latter I noticed numerous cut marks and a revelation just struck me — they were made by a human hand,” Davorka Radovcic, a curator at Croatia’s Natural History Museum, told AFP. The Krapina site, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Zagreb, has yielded the world’s richest collection of Neanderthal fossils. “I simply had a fresh eye,” Radovcic said modestly of her find that for decades had escaped the numerous scientists visiting to study the rich collection.

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