Neanderthals Wore Eagle Talons as Jewels
They wanted to look pretty. A University of Kansas paleoanthropologist says the extinct species of human adorned themselves with the sharp claws of white-tailed eagles as jewelry, showing they were as capable of symbolic behavior as modern Homo sapiens. Found over a century ago in northern Croatia and recently rediscovered, the 130,000-year-old notched-up talons came from eagles with two-meter wingspans. This and discoveries of early human art suggest that our understanding of ancestral commonalities is just dawning — fashionably late.