Just a quick note by the moment: Millán Mozota surprised us all[es]
yesterday with a quite curious Neanderthal conceptual bomb: our extinct cousins may have survived in the valley of Liébana
(Cantabria, Spain) for much longer than generally assumed.
The paper is:
No bones have been found but the Mousterian sequence and C14 dating is so robust that it is hard to question. Mousterian in this part of the World has only been associated with Neanderthals and never with our species and now there is are repeated C14 dates for the 23,500-19,300 window with Mousterian. From El Neandertal tonto…:
This basically leaves little doubt about people using Mousterian living so late in time, right at the Last Glacial Maximum
and contemporary with local Gravettian (c. 20,700 BP, uncalibrated, at Morín) and Solutrean cultures (c. 19,000 BP at Las Caldas), almost shoulder with shoulder geographically. However there seems to be less clear Mousterian presence in Aurignacian times (ref. “first dates” for the Cantabrian Strip: 33-28,000 BP).
|The unexpectedly late Mousterian tools
Another issue the authors and Millán arise are an apparent lower knowledge of their resources, exploiting more scattered niches maybe, too complex for me to discuss with it without having read the paper first.
Finally they seem interested in revisiting and reviewing a number of old “out of place” datings of Mousterian (and Acheulean?) sites that had been discarded as errors maybe a bit too hastily.
Note (update): the calibration curve makes the real dates to be somewhat older than 19-23 Ka, something like 22-27 real Ka ago for the highlighted bracket of solidly dated ultra-late Mousterian.
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Micro RNA brings some to claim Neanderthals had some mental affinity to chimpanzees
A not too related news I decided to stuck here just because it’s also on Neanderthals.
On first sight it looks a wild claim that reminds me of the microcephalin fiasco some years ago but I can’t really argue against it with my knowledge of this kind of epigenetic material. Luckily it is open access so you can judge yourself:
With that title I probably just skipped over it when reading the email alerts but thankfully, Neanderthalerin, always hyper-alert to any kind of Neanderthal or otherwise hominin news, did notice[cat]