Grisly discovery: Bones reveal Neanderthal child was eaten by large bird
Archaeologists in Poland have identified the prehistoric bones of a Neanderthal child eaten by a large bird.
The small hand bones were found in a cave in Southern Poland’s Malopolska region, according to Science in Poland, a public information service devoted to Polish science. Discovered a few years ago, the remains were thought to be animal bones until they were analyzed earlier this year.
Tiny holes in the bones indicate that they passed through a large bird’s digestive system, according to Professor Pawel Valde-Nowak of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. It’s not clear, however, whether the bird attacked and ate the young Neanderthal or scavenged the remains of a dead child.
Believed to be about 115,000 years old, the bones are the oldest human remains ever discovered in Poland.
Experts from the Jagiellonian University and Washington University in St. Louis confirmed that the remains are digital bones from a child’s hand.
The Archaeological Museum of Krakow and the Polish Academy of Sciences also participated in the research, which will be published in the Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology.
The closest human species to homo sapiens, Neanderthals lived in Eurasia for around 350,000 years. Scientists in Poland report that Neanderthals in Europe mostly became extinct 35,000 years ago. However, there are a number of theories on the timing of Neanderthals’ extinction, with experts saying that it could have occurred 40,000, 27,000 or 24,000 years ago.
In a separate study, researchers recently reported that climate change may have played a more important part in Neanderthals’ extinction than previously thought.
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Good Lord, what a way to go. Freakin’ shivers, man. Maybe the kid was scavenged. Jesus, I hope so.
Pretty foul to see the climate change fear agenda thrown in there for no good reason. Well, it is the MSM, after all. They just need their nuts drop kicked. The Neanderthals interbred with us until they were totally assimilated. You and I have Neanderthal blood. Look it up.
Anyway, there are quite a few modern birds that are quite capable of killing and eating a person, especially a little kid. Not even considering the remaining thunderbirds. But back in the day it was a lot worse as there were many more species of much larger proportion than we have now. And birds are always hungry.
My favorites are the huge Terror Birds, previously thought to be a South American exclusive, but remains have been found as far north as Florida… so far. Hehe. We can thank God that these things are extinct. Well, that is, we hope they are. If you ask some gauchos you might hear some things…
This clip from a film I’ve not seen looks pretty accurate, so, um, yeah.
10,000 BC (3/10) Movie CLIP – Terror Bird Attack (2008) HD
Published on Dec 22, 2014
CLIP DESCRIPTION: D’Leh (Steven Strait), Evolet (Camilla Belle) and Baku (Nathaneal Baring) are chased by hungry prehistoric birds.
FILM DESCRIPTION: A young outcast from a primitive tribe is forced to defend his people from a brutal onslaught in Independence Day director Roland Emmerich’s fast-paced period adventure. Despite the fact that he is low man on the totem pole in his tribe of fearless hunters, a brave young boy (Steven Strait) longs to win the heart of a beautiful princess (Camilla Belle) who is well above his station in life. When an overwhelming horde of powerful invaders forces the hunters into slavery and abducts the princess, the once-aimless boy suddenly finds his destiny taking an unexpected turn. Now, if he has any hope of saving his tribe from certain extinction, this young boy will have to fight for the future to his dying breath.
CREDITS: TM & © Warner Bros. (2008) Cast: Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, Nathanael Baring Director: Roland Emmerich Producers: Aaron Boyd, Sarah Bradshaw, Roland Emmerich, William Fay, Murray Francis, Mark Gordon, Genevieve Hofmeyr, Tom Karnowski, Harald Kloser, Scott Mednick, Thomas Tull, Oswald von Richthofen, Michael Wimer, Kirstin Winkler Screenwriters: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
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Here’s more about ‘em:
[National Geographic Documentary] Prehistoric Predators: Terror Bird – (Nat Geo Wild)
Published on Nov 9, 2016
PREHISTORIC PREDATORS: TERROR BIRD THE TERROR BIRD CGI: Titanis, was a very large predatory flightless bird that could run at speeds of 65 km/h. Get More: National Geographic HD: Official Site: channel.nationalgeographic.com…
Terror birds didn’t fly, so, for a totally terrifying “regular” bird, how about this guy…
An artist’s rendition of a Giant Haast’s eagle (Harpagornis moorei) attacking an unfortunate New Zealand moa. The Haast was the biggest eagle that ever existed (as far as we know). They were at least 40% bigger than today’s biggest eagles but had a small 10′ wingspan for hunting in dense scrub. The last one was seen around the year 1400 by the Maoris who’d killed off the moa which was their dinner, don’tcha know. So, not really all that long ago. It was first described by Julius von Haast in 1871 from remains discovered by F. Fuller in a former marsh.
Moas weighed in at a good 500+ pounds. Capiche?
Here’s another rendering of a critter you don’t want to meet…
There are today occasional reports of bird terror… so please keep an eye out on little kids. An eagle or large hawk could quite easily send them to Heaven in an incomprehensibly terrifying way. Poodles and wiener dogs are most assuredly fair game also.