Model of a Neanderthal child studying its reflection. From a display in the Neanderthal Museum in Krapina, Croatia
According to Tom Porter, writing in the International Business Times –
Stone Age children may have played with toy axes and gone to school… Archaeologists have studied Neanderthal sites across Europe, collecting bones and artefacts, building a picture of everyday life in prehistoric communities. Instead of caveman life being nasty, brutish and short, the team believes that it was formed around tightly bonded families, where children were educated, and the elderly and disabled supported.
“The reputation of the Neanderthals is changing. Partly that’s because they have been shown to have bred with us – and that implies similarities to us – but also because of the emerging evidence of how they lived,” Penny Spikins, a researcher in human origins at York University, told the Sunday Times. In a paper, she and her colleagues identify three sites, two of them in England, where toy-like hand axes were found. They believe that Neanderthal children may also have been schooled in how to make tools. At one site in France and another in Belgium, stones were found that had been skilfully crafted alongside others that were inexpertly chipped, as if by learning children.
Read the full International Business Times article here.
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