Meat from the gigantic animals could have fed hundreds of hominids, according to a new analysis of bones found in central Germany
Between 1985 and 1996, archaeologists recovered 3,122 elephant remains at Neumark-Nord 1, a site near the present-day city of Halle in central Germany. The trove included entire skeletons, stomach contents and random bones from more than 70 individual straight-tusked elephants. This now-extinct species stood more than 13 feet tall and weighed between 6 and 13 tons—roughly the same as eight mid-sized cars. Straight-tusked elephants were the largest land mammals of the Pleistocene.
Recently, researchers decided to give those remains a closer look. They found a series of strategic, repetitive cut marks on the bones’ surface, suggesting that Neanderthals carefully butchered the enormous mammals for their fat, meat and even their brains. This behavior likely persisted at the site for more than 2,000 years over dozens of generations, per the researchers. – Sarah Kuta
We are told, “The findings, published Wednesday in Science Advances, provide yet another piece of evidence to suggest that humans’ closest ancient relatives were more sophisticated and skilled than the brutish oafs popular culture has made them out to be.”
Just a minute here. Popular culture did not get that idea from thin air. It was carefully inculcated by science popularizers because it tied in with Darwinian Ascent of Man stuff. If it’s not true, let’s be honest about how the correct information affects the establishment science narrative.
The paper is open access.
Those Neanderthals get smarter every time we look them up.
5 Replies to “At Smithsonian Magazine: Neanderthals hunted and butchered massive elephants”
What “closest relatives” nonsense? Were Neanderthals humans? Yes or no?
If no, how would they successfully mate with humans. Yes, they were humans. That’s the only way they could be fertile with humans. End of story. And end to the darwinist craziness.
Nonlin at 1, one question that has occurred to me: Why is it so important to obsessively maintain that Neanderthals were “another human species.” I have simply never heard a clear explanation of the evidence basis and I suspect that it has something to do with maintaining an overarching narrative.
News at 2,
The reason is simple. So-called Evolution self-upgraded organisms, so humans went from part ape to mostly human. When some cave paintings were discovered and the art was attributed to Neanderthals, it caused some anger. Neanderthals were more “primitive” – allegedly – than “modern” humans. That’s baloney. Genetic evidence shows that Neanderthals had children with so-called “modern” humans.
Evolution is a religious belief.
just another “other than though”-situation here …
I highly recommend to watch the following –
– it was released by PBS Eons yesterday (10 mins video):
“These Fossils Were Supposed To Be Impossible”
some quotes from the video
Aligns well with scriptural testimony and chronology. In Pearlman YeC we find Nimrod made a name for himself during these elephant hunts latter The ice ages (1657-1996 anno-mundi) and perhaps for decades beyond.
reference Pearlman YeC volumes one and three.