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Neanderthals organized their living spaces

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New evidence suggests that Neanderthals organized their homes into different areas for different activities.

The site comprises three levels assigned to Neanderthals. Scientists found that Neanderthals divided the cave into different areas for different activities. The top level was used as a task site — likely a hunting stand — where they could kill and prepare game. The middle level was a long-term base camp and the bottom level was a shorter term residential base camp.

Riel-Salvatore and his team found a high frequency of animal remains in the rear of the top level, indicating that the area was likely used for butchering game. They also found evidence of ochre use in the back of the shelter.

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Story: ScienceDaily | Story: Fabio Negrino

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