November 14, 2012

Flint flake hints at mammoth butchery

Filed under: Neanderthals, Paleoanth — Andie @ 4:24 am

A nearly complete mammoth skeleton has been found during rescue excavations of a Gallo-Roman excavation in France, only the third to be found in the country in 150 years.   The discovery of a flint flake at the site has added to the excitement.  The tool will be subject to usewear analysis and the skeleton will be analyzed for signs of butchery, to see if there is any evidence for the mammoth being a victim of human hunting.  If the evidence bears out a connection between the tool and the skeleton it will be only the third in Europe where Neanderthal tools and mammoth remains have been found together.  See the above page for photographs.

There’s more on this story on The Independent.

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