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Neandertal cannibalism and Neandertal bones used as tools in Northern Europe

Rougier, H; Crevecoeur, I; Beauval, C; Posth, C; Flas, D; Wissing, C; Furtwangler, A; Germonpre, M; Gomez-Olivencia, A; Semal, P; van der Plicht, J; Bocherens, H; Krause, J

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS
2016
VL / 6 - BP / - EP /
abstract
Almost 150 years after the first identification of Neandertal skeletal material, the cognitive and symbolic abilities of these populations remain a subject of intense debate. We present 99 new Neandertal remains from the Troisieme caverne of Goyet (Belgium) dated to 40,500-45,500 calBP. The remains were identified through a multidisciplinary study that combines morphometrics, taphonomy, stable isotopes, radiocarbon dating and genetic analyses. The Goyet Neandertal bones show distinctive anthropogenic modifications, which provides clear evidence for butchery activities as well as four bones having been used for retouching stone tools. In addition to being the first site to have yielded multiple Neandertal bones used as retouchers, Goyet not only provides the first unambiguous evidence of Neandertal cannibalism in Northern Europe, but also highlights considerable diversity in mortuary behaviour among the region's late Neandertal population in the period immediately preceding their disappearance.
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