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French Mammoth Find has Blade Fragment in Skull

By November 23, 2012

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French archaeologists were justifiably excited when the first complete Mammoth skeleton to be found in the country in over a century was discovered in July, and it was made public recently. Then they got more excited, because there are flint blade fragments in the skull. As the mammoth dates from 130,000 to 190,000 years ago, this means it might have been attacked and killed - and then presumably eaten - by Neanderthals.

As the Pascal Depaepe, from the National Institute for Preventative Archaeology, is quoted by the Independent as saying: "It is my belief that the mammoth was butchered by Neanderthals on this spot. Whether the animal was hunted down by them, or found dead some time later, we may never be able to tell. The concept of rotten meat is, after all, a relatively modern idea." The remains have been nicknamed 'Helmut le Mammouth'.

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