Unusual Bone Tools Found at Neanderthal Site in Europe

Newsmax, August 12, 2013

Sophisticated leather-working tools found in a cave in France offer the first evidence that Neanderthals may have had more advanced bone tools than early modern humans, researchers said Monday.

The four fragments of hide-softening bone tools known as lissoirs, or smoothers, were found at two neighboring sites in southern France, according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Radiocarbon dating shows that the tools are about 50,000 years old, said scientists.

That would make the bone tools the oldest known in Europe, having been made and used well before modern humans replaced the Neanderthals some 40,000 years ago, researchers said.


Perhaps the Neanderthals came up with the idea on their own, said lead author Shannon McPherron of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

“For now the bone tools from these two sites are one of the better pieces of evidence we have for Neanderthals developing on their own a technology previously associated only with modern humans,” he said.

Researchers cannot rule out the possibility that modern humans entered Europe earlier than thought and passed on this technology to Neanderthals.

Still, the artifacts were uncovered in places that show no evidence of any other cultures.

“If Neanderthals developed this type of bone tool on their own, it is possible that modern humans then acquired this technology from Neanderthals,” said co-author Marie Soressi of Leiden University in The Netherlands.

“Modern humans seem to have entered Europe with pointed bone tools only, and soon after started to make lissoirs. This is the first possible evidence for transmission from Neanderthals to our direct ancestors.”


The bone lissoir, shaped from deer ribs, is run back and forth against a hide to render it more supple, shiny and water-resistant.

In fact, the researchers said similar instruments are still being used by leather workers today.

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  • din_do_nuffins

    Advanced tools?

    Proof that scientists raided Sub-Saharan African treasures and planted them in French caves to perpetuate the myth of “earned” White privilege.

    • CoweringCoward

      No, the “tech” stolen from the Sub-Saharans was so advanced it would not be visible to the naked eye, as it exists in a different F’ing dimension!

      • din_do_nuffins

        We only can see what we do because blacks are compassionate enough to make it visible so we can invent life saving medicines.

        • CoweringCoward

          Whites invent life saving medicines? Not hardly, remember that flashy thing will smith was erasing memory with in MIB? Come on blacks invent everything, the men in black really work at the patent office! All the best ideas come from blacks. They walk in with the cure for X, flash and the idea is given to a white guy to capitalize on! I cannot believe sharpton and farakhan have not figured out our evil plan yet…

    • Spartacus

      They didn’t steal anything. The blacks left them behind when their space-ship accidentally crash-landed in Europe.

      • din_do_nuffins

        My racist White privilege blinded me to the truth.

    • CoweringCoward

      Too many beers. Removed (not for fear of the PTB, but just too stoopid to leave).

    • Triarius

      Like how 1/3 of all blacks actually think that the CIA invented crack and secretly distribute it in the inner city to “keeps dem down”, a good portion of blacks believe exactly what you said.

      Not a week goes by when I am on a history forum where a black not only tells me the Egyptians were blacks, but the Greeks, Romans, Persians, even Teutonic knights of the high middle ages! This gets to me because it is one thing to be open to interpretation, but this is pure delusion and deceit.

      They said racist whites back in the 18th and 19th centuries broke all the statues of black kings and emperors and made people resculpt them in whitey’s image.

      They really think there is a worldwide conspiracy that they built Rome, Athens, and Carthage and the THE ENTIRE WORLD is trying to deprive them of those accomplishments.

      • Frans

        If they really believe that, how do they explain the hell holes that most sub-Saharan countries are?

        • Triarius

          Legacy of slavery, legacy of colonialism, generic racism in general. They overlook the fact that the US, Hong Kong, and India were all colonies and that colonialism brought them electricity, running water, agriculture, etc.

          The only constant is that it is never the darky’s fault. They literally blame demons and shape-shifting goats (google it) before they admit they are to blame.

          • Don’t for get India’s rail system: British planning and local labor, done while India was still a colony. The railroads didn’t disappear when the British left.

            Evidently Europe and China have not suffered any turrble, turrble legacies from long-ago barbarian invasions. Didn’t the Avars and Huns bring horse stirrups to Europe and the Middle East, while Mongols introduced them to China? Even intra-European invasions seem to have had few very long-term harmful effects. While most of the original Canary Islanders died of diseases the Spanish brought, Rome once conquered most of Europe without inflicting permanent, generation-spanning psychological damage in France, Spain, England or the Balkans. They also certainly built some damned fine roads while they were around.

          • Frans

            That’s the problem. Always blaming something else.

      • MarcB1969

        “Like how 1/3 of all blacks actually think that the CIA invented crack and secretly distribute it in the inner city”

        There is actually quite a bit of evidence to back up that claim, but I do agree that the collective persecution complex of blacks shapes their entire world view.

        • The cops can’t keep drugs out of jails and prisons. How could it possibly be kept off the streets?

          Even if crack was being distributed in inner cities by the Strange and Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, blacks are free to refrain from using it. If the CIA brought free beer or some nice dry white wine to my neighborhood – something good with chicken or fish and not sweet – I’d be quite happy, but hard drugs? I wouldn’t use that stuff even if it was free.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      I like to keep it positive, but nothing wrong with a little alarmism either, ha ha…but…

      What if Neanderthals WERE brighter, K-style breeders who felt empathy and pitied these…newcomers and maybe started “grappling” with some until…

      30,000 years later we get to where we are and want to set it back how many tens of thousands of years by foolish mating choices? Who knows, eh? Sure can’t study it!

  • OhWow

    Haha, just wait until blacks claim it’s all a big conspiracy. Of course blacks were already in space ships when we were in caves…the textbooks are just biased. And da wite manz be stealin errthang from us!

    • WR_the_realist

      Have you noticed that when the Japanese learned calculus and classical mechanics and electrodynamics from us Europeans we still had that knowledge ourselves? But when we stole whatever knowledge we supposedly did from those advanced black people, they suddenly didn’t have it any more.

      • CoweringCoward

        Japs “learned” it as they are not so evil as we whites! We stole knowledge, literally, cause that’s just how we roll yo.

      • BarnyL

        Maybe that’s why they don’t have any integrity, self respect, honour or dignity. We stole them for ourselves and left them with nothing.

  • Skip Wellington

    Remember: All inventions are relative.
    One person’s “tool” is another bantu’s bone through the nostrils.

    • CoweringCoward

      Don’t think for a minute, that the invention of the “tool” to make all those soon to be filled with bone, nose holes was a simple feat! Props where props are due!

  • How do we know these were “hide rubbing tools”? After 50,000 years, were there still hide fragments sticking to the bones? This is all hypothesis.

    • CoweringCoward

      I couldn’t agree more. Forensic anything is beginning to fill me with nothing but doubt. I watch a lot of crime shows and more often than not, I can in seconds come up with other explanations for “evidence” that’s claimed to “prove” someone’s guilt.

    • joesolargenius

      Many Anthropologist spend a lifetime searching for something that will declare them successful in their field , so when opportunity knocks , plus it keeps the grant money coming in. A bone is still a bone even by another name , only now it is a famous bone and by default so is the procurer.

  • I have noticed that blacks didn’t claim to have invented helicopters until Igor Sikorski (a Russian-born US citizen) already had them in mass production. It should be noted that working in Russia before World War One, Sikorski built the first four-engined heavy bomber. Heinrich Focke (of the famous Focke-Wulf firm in Germany) and Anton Flettner also produced two successful helicpoter designs during the war, but these saw only limited use. Interestingly, two of these uses were medical evacuation and observation, which should sound familiar.

    Thus far, we have white Germans (2), and white Russian-American (1).

    In the early 1920s, Italian-Argentine Raul de Castelluccio first demonstrated cyclic pitch; this eliminated the need for a separate propeller to move the aircraft forward, as was necessary with an autogyro. Italian engineer Corradino D’Ascanio built the first helicopter with counter-rotating, coaxial propellers. This layout is still favored by the Russian Kamov naval helicopters. White US inventor Arthur M. Young patented the stabilizer bar in 1941 after his own experiments. Still no blacks.

    Going back to earlier, unsuccessful experiments, one encounters numbers of French, Belgians, Austrians, Hungarians, and still no black helicopter pioneers.

  • The invaders wouldn’t have necessarily been black. African blacks have diverged in their own direction(s) for the same length of time that proto-European and proto-Middle-Easterners have been absent from Africa. As the ice age ended, and parts of Africa dried out, becoming less cloudy, the sun there would have become harsher, and the Africans blacker than they had previously been. Dark skin (which prevents the sun’s UV from destroying folates in pregnant women) and frizzy hair (grow your own hat) are adaptations to harsh sunlight, just as longer torsos and shorter arms and legs and longer noses are adaptations to cold weather.

  • BarnyL

    If they really do believe that the CIA was responsible for these drugs, then what fools they are going along with it.