They then looked more closely at bird bones found at Neanderthal sites in Gibraltar, including Gorham’s and Vanguard cave, near the base of the rock: “The Neanderthals had cut through and marked the bones. But what were they cutting? We realised a lot of it was wing bones, particularly those holding large primary feathers,” Prof Finlayson told BBC News.
Co-author Jordi Rosell, from Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain, said: “We saw the cut-marks on bird bones at one cave, and then started seeing them in others. I think it’s a common aspect to the caves in this rock.”
Story: Paul Rincon, BBC News | Photo: SPL