Sunday, February 10, 2008

Neanderthal update Ancient tooth suggests Neanderthals were more mobile
Analysis of a 40,000-year-old tooth found in southern Greece suggests Neanderthals were more mobile than once believed, paleontologists and the Greek Culture Ministry said Friday.

Analysis of the tooth — part of the first and only Neanderthal remains found in Greece — showed the ancient human to whom it belonged had spent at least part of its life away from the area where it died.

"Neanderthal mobility is highly controversial," said paleoanthropology Professor Katerina Harvati at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

They used strontium isotope ratios, similar to other analyses elsewhere. Not sure where the idea that Neanderthals didn't move around very much came from; I'd not heard of it before.