‘Our evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals were harvesting feathers from birds in order to use them as personal ornaments, a study suggests.’
Positive news for those who believe Neanderthal played some part in the creation of modern human culture. The article then goes on to continue the party line that Neanderthals were still in some way inferior to our own species –
‘Numerous tribal peoples from history have also adorned themselves with feathers, and the authors stress that they are not suggesting we learned the practice from Neanderthals.
Feather ornamentation could in fact go back even further, to a common ancestor of modern humans and Neanderthals.’
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