Eagle talons are thought to be the primary supplies used to make jewelry by Neanderthals, a follow which unfold around Southern Europe about 120,000 and 40,000 years in the past. Now, for prime time, researchers have found proof of the ornamental uses of eagle talons in the Iberian Peninsula.
An article printed within the cowl of the journal Science Advances talks about the findings, which occurred in the web site of the cave Foradada in Calafell. The research was led by Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo, a researcher on the Institute of Evolution in Africa (IDEA) and a member of the analysis team in a project of the Prehistoric Studies and Research Seminar (SERP) of the UB.
The curiosity in these findings lies within the truth that it’s the most modern piece of the type to this point relating to the Neanderthal interval and the primary one discovered within the Iberian Peninsula. This circumstance widens the temporary and geographical limits that have been estimated for this kind of Neanderthal ornament. This might be “the last necklace made by the Neanderthals,” according to Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo.
“Neanderthals used eagle talons as symbolic parts, most likely as a necklace from the beginnings of the mid-Palaeolithic,” notes Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo. Specifically, what researchers present in Cova Foradada are bone stays from Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila Adalberti), from greater than 39,000 years in the past, with some marks that present these were used to take the talons to make pendants.
The discovered stays correspond to the left leg of a giant eagle. By the appears to be like the marks and analogy regarding remains from different prehistorical websites and ethnographic documentation, researchers decided that the animal was not manipulated for consumption; however, for symbolic reasons. Eagle talons are the oldest decorative elements known in Europe, even older than seashells Homo sapiens perforated in northern Africa.