Researchers think Neanderthals prized golden eagle talons, given the frequency with which they are found at sites:
This suggests the claws had a symbolic value, adding to the growing evidence that Neanderthals had more sophisticated lives than we thought, says Clive Finlayson at The Gibraltar National Museum, whose group did the analysis.Clare Wilson, “Neanderthals may have prized golden eagle claws for symbolic value” at New Scientist (paywall)
Well, another way of putting it is, anyone can gather feathers.
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