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Neanderthals used adhesives 200,000 years ago

New research suggests that Neanderthals used tar as an adhesive 200,000 years ago.

Excavations over the past few decades have unearthed tar lumps and adhesive residues on stone tools at Neanderthal sites in Germany. Some anthropologists have claimed that adhesive production is a high-tech skill associated with anatomically modern humans, yet new research published in the journal Scientific Reports not only supports that Neanderthals invented adhesives, but also it explains how they probably achieved the feat.

“Right now, the oldest evidence we have points to Neanderthals inventing adhesives at least 200,000 years ago in Europe,” lead author Paul Kozowyk said.

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Story: Jen Viegas, Seeker | Photo: Xavier ROSSI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

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