Scientific Methods

Sunday, March 12, 2006

NEANDERTHALS WERE CANNIBALS

"Gory evidence uncovered in France reveals that the early humans in the
region ate one another. Cheek muscles from children were filleted out,
tendons were sliced and skulls were cracked to remove brains."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/462048.stm

"When you see some Neanderthals practising intentional burial and
others practising cannibalism, that is a clear indication of behaviour
that is multidimensional - a pattern that mirrors the behaviour of more
modern people" Professor Tim White, University of California Berkeley

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7 Comments:

  • Booked

    By Anonymous Vincent Muchai, at Tuesday, March 14, 2006 9:39:00 AM  

  • If cannabilsm were part of the diet plan of Neanderthals then yhis is interesting, becuase the human mind then has some sort of the same interest?

    By Anonymous Riaan, at Tuesday, March 14, 2006 9:42:00 AM  

  • Booked

    By Anonymous Riaan, at Tuesday, March 14, 2006 9:43:00 AM  

  • what i don't get is how come the Neanderthels practice cannibalism while they are burying(seemed to care about their dead)their dead?

    By Blogger lethabo, at Thursday, March 16, 2006 3:40:00 PM  

  • I like your comment lethabo. A very important question that you've raised but what about their struggle for existence (survival, could've been a factor why they have practise cannabilsm?

    By Anonymous Riaan, at Friday, March 17, 2006 11:39:00 AM  

  • Recent scientific evidence suggest that we are all cannibalist until fairly recently.

    "Researchers from University College London, having identified gene-based resistance to diseases of the mad-cow type among the Fore of Papua New Guinea - who only recently gave up eating their dead - went on to identify it in all the rest of us as well. John Collinge of UCL sees the pattern of chromosomal modification as due to the evolutionary "selection pressure" of past cannibalism-related diseases."

    "There is now an overwhelming case that cannibalism is a worldwide phenomenon, stretching back to our evolutionary origins: wild chimpanzees and 70 other mammal species have been observed killing and eating each other, while the two-million-year-old Homo habilis cranium known as Stw 53 is covered with deliberate cut marks."






    http://www.arts.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2003/10/15/ecfcann14.xml&sSheet=/connected/2003/10/22/ixconn.html

    By Anonymous Rich, at Saturday, March 18, 2006 8:04:00 PM  

  • By taking a look at the physical appearence of Neaderthels, one can believe that, they are canibals.

    By Blogger linette, at Wednesday, May 31, 2006 3:57:00 PM  

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