Gruesome New Theory Concerning Fate Of Neanderthals – We Ate Them
By James Donahue
A French anthropologist has found evidence
in bones dug up in Europe that at least some of the Neanderthals were hunted, cooked and eaten by homo sapiens as the “modern
human” emerged on the scene about 30,000 years ago.
This is the suggestion outlined by Fernando
Rozzi in an article published in the Journal of Anthropological Sciences. Rozzi, the leader of a research team from the Centre
National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, wrote that bones of Neanderthals were found showing knife marks suggesting that
the body had been cut up like humans would cut dear carcasses in that period.
Rozzi suggests that humans not only killed
and ate the Neanderthals, but used their teeth to make jewelry.
The paper is a gory new theory explaining
what happened to the Neanderthals, a hearty race of humanoids who evolved in Europe 300,000 years ago and then disappeared
270,000 years later, just as modern humans began arriving in Europe from Africa.
The Neanderthals were apparently a successful
species for such a long time, their sudden disappearance has been a mystery among archaeologists and anthropologists. These
people made complex stone tools, lived in colonies, buried their dead and showed all the signs of evolving. The problem seems
to have been that they did not evolve fast enough.
The arrival of modern humans obviously played
a role in the demise of the Neanderthals. The various theories have ranged from interbreeding, failure to compete for resources
and warfare. The concept of our eating them, however, is new and startling. Feeding on the flesh of a Neanderthal man just
smacks of cannibalism.
The findings by Rozzi at Les Rois in southwest
France provides strong support for the belief that human-Neanderthal interactions were violent and deadly for the Neanderthals.
While one jawbone of a Neanderthal showing
cut marks from the knifing away of flesh does not prove early humans were cannibals, Rossi argues that it offers evidence
that humans attacked Neanderthals and killed them. It also proves that the bodies were brought back to caves for food. The
bodies may even have been kept as trophies and the teeth used for jewelry.
Whatever happened, the findings by Rozzi
prove that humans and Neanderthals lived in Europe at the same time, they were interacting, and humans appear to have played
a role in the extinction of the Neanderthals.
We have to wonder, however, that after staying
around for so many thousands of years, and possibly growing to a relatively large population, how this species could be brought
to complete extinction.
We know from contemporary attempts at ethnic
cleansing among African and European peoples, and most dramatically by the Germans who sought the elimination of the Jews
during World War II, that the complete destruction of another race of humans is just about impossible to accomplish.