arch 080403 - Neanderthals Could they talk Yes Did they...

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Neanderthals Could they talk? Yes Did they worship cave bears? No Spiritual life? Eh difficult to determine Compassion? Yeah. Evidence: old people being taken care of (old man with lack of teeth, guy with one eye) Were they human? Eh yeah? Maybe Were they Homo ‘stupidus’? not really. Extinction? Pseudo extinction. They co existed with other species of the time (other Homos), but yeah, they more or less became extinct The Upper Paleolithic (Homo sapiens – modern human) Characteristics of the UP Shift to blades Broadened subsistence base (more food stocks (stuff they ate) Larger sites (evidence of larger groups to denote more sociality) Bone, antler, ivory, shell tools Exotic goods (crap from Mediterranean) (trading/social status) Elaborate burials Art Sites: Klasies River Mouth: 100,000 years ago Modern chin – maxillar No brow ridges Short path with foot prints Ecotonal adaptation – where they adapt to living coastally, in caves for example
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