THE SITE’S ARCHAEOLOGY REVEALS THAT FISHING AND SHELL FISHING WERE IMPORTANT COMPONENTS OF THE NEANDERTHAL SUBSISTENCE ECONOMY, AND RESEARCHERS SUGGEST THAT IF HABITUAL CONSUMPTION OF SEAFOOD PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COGNITIVE ABILITIES, THEN THIS APPLIES TO NEANDERTHALS AS WELL.
(Above) Stone tools recovered from Neanderthal occupation layers of Figueira Brava cave. Credit: J. P. Ruas. The Figueira Brava cave on the Portuguese coast was used as a shelter by Neanderthal populations over the course of twenty millennia. Credit: Pedro Souto.
DISCOVERY AND FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH
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