Newly Discovered Engraving May Revise Picture of Neanderthal Intelligence

September 1, 2014 7:49 PM

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Newly Discovered Engraving May Revise Picture of Neanderthal Intelligence

Carved grooves hints at abstract thought among these extinct early humans.

An engraving carved into dolomite stone more than 39,000 years old in a seaside Gibraltar cave suggests that Neanderthals were capable of symbolic thinking—once thought unique to modern humans, researchers reported Monday.

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