Neanderthal’s 41,000-year-old skeleton likely to solve this mystery

The long-standing mystery behind the burial of the Stone Age hominins may be resolved by a 41, 000-year-old skeleton of Neanderthal.

The beginning of funerary practice has significantly influenced modern cognitive capacities and human behavior.

Researchers from the University of Spain, French National Centre for Scientific Research, and Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle have identified 47 bones of child skeleton. These bones were never identified before now.

One of these bones is 41,000 years old and belongs to Neanderthal, the researchers have confirmed after conducting insightful analysis on mitochondria DNA fragments.

In the past 150 years, dozens of Neanderthal skeletons have been found in different parts of Europe.

The researchers from Spain and France used modern technology for the re-examination and re-excavation process at the original archaeological site in La Ferrassie, southern France.

According to them, a two-year-old deliberately was buried in the pit dug in sediment.

“The origin of funerary practices has important implications for the emergence of so-called modern cognitive capacities and behavior,” the study said.

“These new results provide important insights for the discussion about the chronology of the disappearance of the Neanderthals, and the behavioural capacity, including cultural and symbolic expression, of these humans,” added the study.