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    The highest number Neanderthals reached in total was never bigger than 20,000. Even dwindling down to a time were only a few families lived.

    the time lapse is much bigger than with modern man. So there is less evidence in total.


    About the gnawing: I don't know whether you have a dog or not, but if you observe a dog going for the bone-marrow he is used his back teeth, not the teeth for penetrating or holding. The backteeth give a much better ratio in terms of mechanical laws (turning point of jaw and distance to tooth, aka leverage). A dog wants to break the bone therefore he using his backtoots which are not near of being round. The dogs ones I saw are threepointed. I guess that is similar to all carnivorous animals belonging to the mammal group. To drill a hole into a bone with their holding and ripping teeth doesn't make any sense.
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    also: In case they would have done it with their ripping teeth you would have holes on both sides. How would you explain, that there are only holes on the top?

    The holes are nicely in line, how would an animal get them all nicely in line? can you explain that how it did so?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocko View Post
    The highest number Neanderthals reached in total was never bigger than 20,000. Even dwindling down to a time were only a few families lived.

    the time lapse is much bigger than with modern man. So there is less evidence in total.
    The relatively lower amount of evidence is not the point. Several neanderthal camp sites and caves have been discovered. None of them contained much or arguably any of the cultural artifacts we would associate with even the most primitive of modern human cultures.


    About the gnawing: I don't know whether you have a dog or not, but if you observe a dog going for the bone-marrow he is used his back teeth, not the teeth for penetrating or holding. The backteeth give a much better ratio in terms of mechanical laws (turning point of jaw and distance to tooth, aka leverage). A dog wants to break the bone therefore he using his backtoots which are not near of being round. The dogs ones I saw are threepointed. I guess that is similar to all carnivorous animals belonging to the mammal group. To drill a hole into a bone with their holding and ripping teeth doesn't make any sense.
    There is more than one way to break into a bone. Perhaps the animal was using it's back teeth and only one cusp of the tooth happened to penetrate the bone. Or perhaps it was using it's canine teeth to rip flesh off the carcase and by accident it penetrated too deep and struck the bone at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocko View Post
    also: In case they would have done it with their ripping teeth you would have holes on both sides. How would you explain, that there are only holes on the top?
    Perhaps the bone just happened to give way only one one side before the animal dropped it from it's jaws or perhaps there was flesh covering the other side of the bone which absorbed the tooth strike.

    The holes are nicely in line, how would an animal get them all nicely in line? can you explain that how it did so?
    The holes may be in line out of pure chance or else it may be that the bone is weaker along it's center line and so gave way there first.

    As for the roundness of the holes, that means nothing. The process of weathering could have produced a rounding effect.
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