This leads to more claims that Neanderthals were not just simply brutes, and maybe they were as cultured as our ancestors the Homo Sapiens.
Marco Peresani of the University of Ferrara in Italy found 660 bird bones mixed in with Neanderthal bones in Fumane cave in northern Italy, located in a place called the Grotta di Fumane or the Grotto of Smoke. Many of the wing bones were cut and scraped where the flight feathers were once attached, suggesting the feathers had been systematically removed.
Some of the birds included in the find were red-footed falcons (Falco vespertinus); bearded lammergeiers (Gypaetus barbatus), a type of vulture; Alpine choughs (Pyrrhocorax graculus), a relative of crows; and common wood pigeons (Columba palumbus). The birds' plumages come in many different colors. Gray from the red-footed falcon, orange-shaded slate gray from the bearded lammergeier, black from the Alpine chough, and blue-gray from the common wood pigeon.
These findings were detailed online by the scientists on Feb.21 2011 in the journal proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists.
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