The ancient South Africans were fans of the skins night cats-singles

Modern humans from a South African cave Diepkloof with great care removed the skins with those of the feline species whose hunting was especially difficult and risky, it is reported in Scientific Reports. According to researchers, this speaks to the symbolic behavior of Homo sapiens: maybe aboutneither believed that the threat of cats fur gives the one who wears it, the strength, agility and courage.

Modern humans (they belonged to the same species that we are) often interacted with wild cat’s what they say rock paintings — for example, images of lions in the French Chauvet cave. Probably sapiens hunted different cats to use different parts of their body as decoration. In the fangs of a lynx done the holesto wear them on the rope and the marks on the bones of the paws cave lions talking about the fact that these animals had removed the skins. But the majority finds European and African paleo-anthropological material issues of usage of cat people little explored from the perspective of symbolic behavior.

Now American, European and South African paleontologists led by John Parkington (John Parkington) from the University of Cape town have studied the condition of the remains of the cat from the cave Diepkloof in the West Africa where already found examples of the symbolism of ancient ostrich eggs, on which are carved various ornaments. Researchers have determined the species of the bones of predators and drew attention to traces of them.

Only in the cave Diepkloof found 61 fragments of the skeletons of a cat in the layers of the age of 70-100 thousand years. It was mostly the phalanges, the bones of the metatarsus and metacarpus and lower jaw. Scientists have found that these remains belong to at least 18 different species that fall into one of four types: forest cat (Felis silvestris), Serval (Leptailurus serval) or Caracal (Caracal caracal; the fragments of the skeletons of these two species does not reliably distinguished) and leopard (Panthera pardus). Interestingly, servals and caracals come into the cave and, therefore, in Diepkloof they are likely to have been people.

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