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Did Neanderthals prize golden eagle claws for their symbolic value?


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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This I think is pretty old news isn’t it? didn’t they have a piece about this back in 2011 and 2012 about them using eagle talons as art and thinking abstractly? It was really close in time with humans meeting them. I believe that was how they were able to write it off that it was us that provided them the eagle talon necklaces that they had. I’ll see if I can dig up a piece about this but I’m pretty sure I’ve heard this before AaronS1978

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