A 51,000-year-old engraved bone reveals Neanderthals' capacity for symbolic behaviour.

  title={A 51,000-year-old engraved bone reveals Neanderthals' capacity for symbolic behaviour.},
  author={Dirk Leder and Raphael Hermann and Matthias H{\"u}ls and Gabriele Russo and Philipp Hoelzmann and Ralf Nielbock and Utz B{\"o}hner and Jens Lehmann and Michael Meier and Antje Schwalb and Andrea Tr{\"o}ller-Reimer and Tim Koddenberg and Thomas Terberger},
  journal={Nature ecology \& evolution},
While there is substantial evidence for art and symbolic behaviour in early Homo sapiens across Africa and Eurasia, similar evidence connected to Neanderthals is sparse and often contested in scientific debates. Each new discovery is thus crucial for our understanding of Neanderthals' cognitive capacity. Here we report on the discovery of an at least 51,000-year-old engraved giant deer phalanx found at the former cave entrance of Einhornhöhle, northern Germany. The find comes from an apparent… 
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