Neanderthals Turned Eagle Talons Into 'Stunning' Jewelry

March 13, 2015 11:37 PM

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Neanderthals Turned Eagle Talons Into 'Stunning' Jewelry

Long before they shared the landscape with modern humans, Neanderthals in Europe developed a sharp sense of style, wearing eagle claws as jewelry, new evidence suggests.

Researchers identified eight talons from white-tailed eagles — including four that had distinct notches and cut marks — from a 130,000-year-old Neanderthal cave in Croatia. They suspect the claws were once strung together as part of a necklace or bracelet.

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