Neanderthal ‘make-up’ containers discovered
BBC NEWS, 09/01/2010
Scientists claim to have the first persuasive evidence that Neanderthals wore «body paint» 50,000 years ago. The team report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that shells containing pigment residues were Neanderthal make-up containers. Scientists unearthed the shells at two archaeological sites in the Murcia province of southern Spain. The team says its find buries «the view of Neanderthals as half-wits» and shows they were capable of symbolic thinking.