Neandertals dove and harvested clamshells for tools near Italy’s shores

Stone Age human relatives shed their reputation as one-trick mammoth hunters

clamshells

Surface characteristics of clamshells such as these, found in a coastal Italian cave, suggest that Neandertals gathered the shells on a beach and in shallow water before sharpening their edges for use as tools.

P. Villa et al/PLOS ONE 2020

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