Feather finds hint at Neandertal art

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Neanderthal men likely adorned themselves with bird feathers, a new study suggests. The researchers believe the feathers were stripped from the remains of birds and worn as decorative ornaments or jewelry, a theory that further suggests early hominids had a strong sense of tradition and culture. The scientists studied bird bones found at European sites used by Neanderthal man, and discovered that bird wings containing large feathers had consistently been cut and carved by the inhabitants. Gibraltar Museum researchers Clive Finlayson and Kimberly Brown said the study's findings provide further evidence that Neanderthals' thinking ability was similar to that of modern man. The research even suggests that Neanderthal man had a preference for dark feathers selected from birds of prey and corvids, such as ravens and rooks. The researchers said they are not suggesting that humans learned the practice of adorning themselves from Neanderthals, noting that

Feather finds hint at Neandertal art

Extinct human relatives may have gotten creative with plumage

Mon 24 Sep 12 from ScienceNews

The feathery Neandertal

Tue 18 Sep 12 from Discover Magazine

Neanderthals 'harvested feathers'

Our evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals were harvesting feathers from birds to use as personal ornaments, according to a new study.

Mon 17 Sep 12 from BBC News

Neanderthals May Have Worn Dark Feathers

Our extinct human cousins apparently had a thing for dark feathers.

Wed 19 Sep 12 from Discovery News

Neanderthals May Have Worn Dark Feathers, Tue 18 Sep 12 from Livescience

Neanderthals may have worn dark feathers, archaeologists say

A new analysis of bird bones at Neanderthal sites suggests our extinct human cousins adorned themselves with dark feathers plucked from vultures, jackdaws, eagles and other species.

Wed 19 Sep 12 from FOXNews

Changing fashions: Neanderthal man used bird feathers 'for decoration and ornaments'

Gibraltar Museum researchers Clive Finlayson and Kimberly Brown studied bird bones found at European sites - and found that bird wings containing large feathers had regularly been chopped and ...

Tue 18 Sep 12 from Daily Mail

Neanderthals had a thing for feathers

GIBRALTAR CITY, Gibraltar, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Neanderthals used feathers from birds as personal ornaments, yet more evidence their cognitive abilities were similar to our own, a European study ...

Tue 18 Sep 12 from UPI

Feathers Were Used By Neanderthals For Decorative Ornaments And Jewelry

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Neanderthal men likely adorned themselves with bird feathers, a new study suggests. The researchers believe the feathers were stripped ...

Wed 19 Sep 12 from RedOrbit

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