Note, however, that DNA analysis shows that all the human fossils analyzed (whether or not there were signs of "butchery" or other processing of remains) were closely related, with little genetic variation.
By making a complete analysis of the mitochondrial DNA of ten Neanderthals, the researchers doubled the existing genetic data on this species of humans which died out some 30,000 years ago. They confirmed earlier studies' results, which showed relatively little genetic variation in late European Neanderthals -- in other words, that they were closely related to one another.
Four bones from Goyet clearly indicate that Neanderthals used their deceased relatives' bones as tools; one thigh bone and three shinbones were used to shape stone tools.
Goyet provides the first unambiguous evidence of Neandertal cannibalism in Northern Europe and given the dates obtained on the Neandertal remains, it is most likely that they were processed by their fellow Neandertals as no modern humans are known to have been in the region at the time.
Perhaps you meant supraorbital ridge?
Mike S, that's a female modern skull.
Plenty modern human males have pronounced supraorbital ridges. Maybe the feature wasn't as pronounced in all Neanderthals.
Sounds medieval. He should volunteer at the local Renaissance Festival to show period medical practices.
Why? I'm sure he doesn't get periods.
Quote from: MikeS on July 18, 2016, 06:49:21 AMSounds medieval. He should volunteer at the local Renaissance Festival to show period medical practices. Lol. No leeches are used, but drawing blood is pretty standard and effective treatment. They take about a pint at a time to reduce excessive iron buildup, which can damage organs.