Archaeologists Reveal Neanderthals to Have Been Even More Badass Than Previously Thought

mezhirichIt turns out they built ornate homes out of bone. This from Richard Gray of The Telegraph:

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 44,000 year old Neanderthal building that was constructed using the bones from mammoths. The circular building, which was up to 26 feet across at its widest point, is believed to be earliest example of domestic dwelling built from bone. Neanderthals, which died out around 30,000 years ago, were initially thought to have been relatively primitive nomads that lived in natural caves for shelter.

The new findings, however, suggest these ancient human ancestors had settled in areas to the degree that they built structures where they lived for extended periods of time. Analysis by researchers from the Muséum National d’Histories Naturelle in Paris also found that many of the bones had been decorated with carvings and ochre pigments…

[Continues at The Telegraph]

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  • Anarchy Pony

    It’s looking more and more that the primary difference between Neandertals and regular humans is just in body structure. 

  • Anarchy Pony

    It’s looking more and more that the primary difference between Neandertals and regular humans is just in body structure. 

  • Andrew

    “Badass” is a pretty technical anthropological term; can anyone here define it precisely for less educated readers?

  • Andrew

    “Badass” is a pretty technical anthropological term; can anyone here define it precisely for less educated readers?

    • BuzzCoastin

      from Wikipedia:
      “Badass is a scientific term used to describe human behavior that is beneficial to humans
      but not harmful to the environment they live in.”

      “We used to be badass, but then we discovered Monopoly Money
      which made us all half-assed morons bent on killing ourselves for Monopoly Money.”
      Steven J Hawkins

      • Anarchy Pony

        How much of my monopoly money do you want? Because you are brilliant.

    • Calypso_1

      chingónista

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    from Wikipedia:
    “Badass is a scientific term used to describe human behavior that is beneficial to humans
    but not harmful to the environment they live in.”

    “We used to be badass, but then we discovered Monopoly Money
    which made us all half-assed morons bent on killing ourselves for Monopoly Money.”
    Steven J Hawkins

  • Anarchy Pony

    How much of my monopoly money do you want? Because you are brilliant.

  • Anonymous

    chingónista