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Neanderthals may have crafted what are the oldest examples of a kind of bone tool called a lissoir, which was used to smooth out hides to make them tougher. Here, the most complete lissoir found during excavations at the Neanderthal site of Abri Peyrony in Europe.

Neanderthals may have crafted what are the oldest examples of a kind of bone tool called a lissoir, which was used to smooth out hides to make them tougher. Here, the most complete lissoir found during excavations at the Neanderthal site of Abri Peyrony in Europe.

(Huffington Post Science)

Neanderthals apparently created the oldest known examples of a kind of bone tool used in Europe, thus raising the possibility that modern humans may have learned how to make these tools from Neanderthals, researchers say.
Neanderthals were once the closest living relatives of modern humans, dwelling across a vast area ranging from Europe to the Middle East to western Asia. This ancient lineage of humans went extinct about 40,000 years ago, about the same time modern humans expanded across the world.

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