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Spain | Rock art at La Pasiega WH site made by Neanderthals, researchers announce

It’s long been an insult to be called a Neanderthal. But the more these elusive, vanished people have been studied, the more respect they’ve gained among scientists.


On Thursday, a team of researchers offered compelling evidence that Neanderthals bore one of the chief hallmarks of mental sophistication: they could paint cave art. That talent suggests that Neanderthals could think in symbols and may have achieved other milestones not preserved in the fossil record.


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/science/neanderthals-cave-paintings-europe.html