College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the media between March 9 and March 22, 2015
The next time someone accuses you of acting like a Neanderthal, don't be offended. Just say "thank you."
A new study published this month suggests Neanderthals were more "cognitively advanced than we give them credit," Kansas University's David Frayer said in a release. Frayer, a professor emeritus of anthropology, was a part of the study published in the journal PLOS ONE that looks at eagle talons found in present-day Croatia.
Only recently, however, did Frayer identify the cut marks and notches on the 130,000-year-old bones as ones modified by humans. The markings, including polishes and areas where the bones were "rubbed together," show that the talons were "manipulated into a piece of jewelry," Frayer said.
Frayer co-wrote "Evidence for Neanderthal Jewelry: Modified White-tailed Eagle Claws at Krapina" with three other Croatian scientists. Their research indicates Neanderthals were more than just the cavemen-like characters depicted in Geico commercials, but sophisticated creatures concerned with ornamentation and possibly even an "advanced level of prowess" in catching birds, according to Frayer.
Even with modern technology, catching an eagle is an enormously difficult thing to do. Frayer believes Neanderthals must have had excellent "planning skills and ritual" they would've used in catching the bird. "Neanderthals are often thought of to be simple-minded mumbling, bumbling, stumbling fools," Frayer said. "But the more we know about them the more sophisticated they've become."
Additional media coverage includes:
- 6 Ways to Turn Your Manic Monday Into the Best Day Ever - Elle magazine
- Amid chaos of Libya, newly unearthed fossils give clues to our own evolution - ScienceDaily
- Today in Lawrence: A taste of Japan comes to the Arts Center - LJWorld
- Neanderthals may have invented jewelry - The Washington Post
- Neanderthals Wore Eagle Talons As Jewelry 130,000 Years Ago - Yahoo! News
- Neanderthals Turned Eagle Talons Into 'Stunning' Jewelry - NBC
- Obama's Newly Harsh Tone on Keystone Seen Signaling Rejection - Bloomberg
- Rare discovery made at KU - WDAF
- Truly An Ancient 'Lost City' Or Sensational Reporting? Scholars Claim Honduran Discovery Was Overhyped - Huffington Post
- Archaeologists condemn National Geographic over claims of Honduran 'lost cities' - Guardian.com
- KANSAS INSIGHT: Red state politics in state and nation - Hays Post
- Is this a new Cold War or far worse? - Fresno Bee
- Cannabis country - Mountain Times
- Study Of KC Metro Traffic Stops Shows Race Deeply Embedded In Police Practice - KCUR
- Expert on Holocaust to speak to KU - Topeka Capital Journal
- 'Selma' to be screened, discussed by KU - Topeka Capital Journal
- Himalayan Yeti 'mystery' looks even less mysterious, scientists argue - MSNBC
- Yeti's a Bear, Say Scientists, But What Kind? - Discovery News
- Himalayan Yeti 'Mystery' Looks Even Less Mysterious, Scientists Argue - NBCNews.com
- No reason to believe yeti legends to be inspired by an unknown type of bear - Science Daily
- 'No Reason to Believe' Yetis Exist, Actual Scientific Study Says - US News & World Report
- No sign of yeti-like animal in Himalayas, say Scientists - Yahoo! India
- New presidents or provosts: Albany CSULA Maryland Midland Trinity UIC UWM - Inside HigherEd
- Researcher peers into universe's ancient past to better know how stars form - Phys.org
- Creating an Electronic "Freedom Trail" of Civil Rights Sites - Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
- A Professor Forced Her Students to Take Notes by Hand - New York Magazine
- Cervantes DNA confirmation unlikely, KU expert says - Phys.org
- Reach partners with the Black Archives of Mid-America for free Bebop to Hip Hop symposium on Saturday - The Pitch
- KU to host writer-performer Heather Harpham this week - LJWorld
- Education linked to activity levels during the week – WSJV