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Neanderthals wore feathers

Neanderthals living 44,000 years ago in Italy may have adorned themselves with feathers, according the the remains of 660 birds found in a cave near Verona.

Belonging to 22 species of birds, the remains included several wing bones which, according to the researchers, were deliberately cut to take the feathers off.

“Cut, peeling and scrape marks are observed exclusively on wings, indicating the intentional removal of large feathers,” Peresani and colleagues wrote in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Story: Rossella Lorenzi | Photo: Mauro Cutrona

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