The Atlantic Daily: Neanderthal Secrets, Politicians and Pitch, the Legacy of Casual Fridays

The Atlantic Daily: Neanderthal Secrets, Politicians and Pitch, the Legacy of Casual FridaysWhat We’re Following: The Shocking Find in an Ancient French Cave Scientists have revealed that ring-shaped structures made of stalagmites located in a cave in southern France date back 176,500 years, much older than previous estimate of 47,600 years. The rings in the Bruniquel Cave, first discovered in 1990 and teeming with artifacts, are older than any known cave painting. Scientists had already determined the structures were made by early humans, but the new findings confirm they were built by Neanderthals, so often considered dimwitted, and not Homo sapiens. The next mystery: Why were they built?

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