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Neanderthals may have built with mammoth bones

Neanderthals may have been the first builders of mammoth-bone structures.

Mammoth-bone huts previously discovered at Homo sapiens sites in West Asia date to between 27,500 and 15,000 years ago. The new discovery comes from Molodova, a Ukrainian site first excavated in the 1950s. There, Neandertals erected a mammoth-bone structure that’s unlike later mammoth-bone huts, suggesting that the two Homo species developed these practices independently, says study coauthor Stéphane Péan, also of France’s National Museum of Natural History.

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Story: Bruce Bower, ScienceNews | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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