The history and archaeological and paleontological investigations They always reveal important data that today help us to piece together piece after piece about the history of the human being and make the history of our species as complete as possible and remain for our annals and subsequent generations around the world.
One of the latest research carried out makes clear the great relationship that has always existed between the genus Homo and birds, not only for food or even as pets as some sources have come to suggest on more than one occasion, but it is revealed that Neanderthals in Europe made jewelry out of bird claws.
This is stated in an article that appeared in the Plos One magazine, where they ensure that these works with the claws of birds date back no less than 130,000 years thanks to the remains found in a paleontological site near the city of Kaprima, in Croatia.
A large number of researchers from the Museum of Natural History of Croatia and the University of Kansas, in the United States, have affirmed that the Neanderthals of Krapima were capable of manipulating the claws of the European eagle to make jewelry and different beads at a time when that even Homo sapiens had not appeared on our continent.
Previous theories claimed that Neanderthals had no symbolic ability or even that they were able to copy this behavior of the most modern humans, but now, with this discovery in Croatia, it is shown that they could use the claws of the eagle-eye for some symbolic purpose and always the result of their own inspiration, destroying any other theory.
In the study presented by the publication Plos One, the authors have described eight eagle claws, practically all complete, fossil remains that were found more than 100 years ago. Now, thanks to a detailed study, it has been revealed that these bird claws were worked to be used as a complement or accessory, deriving from a single period.
As the authors have revealed, four of these claws show clear cut marks with highly softened edges and they also have facets where a polish or some kind of abrasion is revealed and another three have small notches on their surface, which led the researchers to think that they could be part of a kind of necklace or bracelet.