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Neanderthal footprints found in France offer snapshot of their lives

Scientists find 257 prints that were preserved in wind-driven sand 80,000 years ago

Scientists have found hundreds of perfectly preserved footprints, providing evidence that Neanderthals walked the Normandy coast in France.
The prints suggest a group of 10-13 individuals, mostly children and adolescents, were on the shoreline 80,000 years ago.
Neanderthals, the closest evolutionary cousins to present-day humans and primates, have long been thought to have lived in social groups, but details have been hard to establish.

ryaner Posted by ryaner
11th September 2019ce

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As a bye the bye, I clicked on the TMA entry for France and found that there are two regions still without a single site entry, Pyrenees-Atlantiques and Seine-Maritime. Looked on TMP and there's a fair few entries on the former and the Spanish area adjacent. Check out Lac Gentau cromlechs and the nearby sites: er, wow.... and what scenery as a backdrop. Stunning of those 'fek!' moments for me. With the increased likelihood of very significant maritime/waterborne spread of population surely there must be sites many more there of great interest, discovered or not. Sadly I've yet to read The Megalithic European but The Prehistory of France entry on Wikipedia is a good read. If anyone fancies a different destination for a foreign foray and can tear themselves away from the Highlands.... spencer Posted by spencer
11th September 2019ce
Wow indeed, it's got to be done! Posted by costaexpress
11th September 2019ce
Well I did Trieste and surrounds, noted this area Spencer :-) drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
11th September 2019ce
Get in that van, you go : ) spencer Posted by spencer
11th September 2019ce
I'm up for it, you've fired my imagination and google street view was amazing, looks like it's a late spring, early summer trip, goodness knows, I have a wall full of post it notes of sites posted by ryaner which I keep promising myself I will visit, think my wife despairs! Posted by costaexpress
12th September 2019ce
Good luck if you do...really does look a fabulous area both sides of the F/S border, even without the sites. Off the beaten track, 2019.. not bad, eh? Senescau cromlech: no midges, no effing bracken and....phwooar : ) spencer Posted by spencer
12th September 2019ce
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