Decorated bird bone suggests Neanderthals had aesthetic sense

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A 40,000-year-old piece of raven bone that was etched with near-even lines suggests Neanderthals had an eye for aesthetics, French researchers said on Thursday.

Neanderthals, who were cousins of modern men and who disappeared some 38,000 years ago, are known to have used pigments and collected bird feathers and shells, sometimes burying objects with the dead.

Now, the 1.5 centimetre piece of bone found at an archaeological site in Crimea suggests they may have etched lines in a way that appeared deliberate, and may have been symbolic or decorative.

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