Hélène Rougier et. al

Neanderthal remains from Troisième Caverne in Goyet, Belgium have cut marks that imply they were butchered and processed for consumption similar to remains of reindeer and horse from the same site. With most of the bone fragments are from the tibia and femur bones, the researchers hypothesized those were consumed for their higher in meat and marrow content. These remains date to approx. 40,000 BCE. Some of these bones were even made into tools to retouch flint. Other possible evidence of cannibalism among Neanderthals had previously been found in Spain and France, but this is the first find for Northern Europe. The results of these findings were published in Nature, last week.

2 thoughts on “More Evidence To Support Neanderthals As Cannibals

  1. I’d like to know what’s the techno-cultural context of Goyet, because that Neanderthals were eaten does not automatically mean that Neanderthals were the eating ones, particularly as the dates overlap with those of Homo Sapiens expansion in Europe, beginning c. 49 Ka calBP.

  2. Probably at that time cannibalism was common during time of famine in both camps Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens. In a symbolic way, “we eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus” at communion; that may have a a very remote cannibal religious ceremony, an individual may be sacrified to save the life of the group.

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