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Credit: E. Rougier

Neandertal cultural diversity

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 12:30 p.m.


March 29, 2016
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

New York University
(2nd Floor, Dean’s Conference Room)
4 Washington Square North
New York 10003, NY

CNRS Researcher William Rendu will discuss the behavioral and cultural diversity among Neandertal populations in Southwestern Europe.

For over 300,000 years, Neandertal societies evolved under different paleoclimatic contexts, leading them to adopt original strategies to exploit their ecosystem. The end of their isolation on the old continent is notably marked by rapid climatic oscillations, which characterized the MIS3.  In Southwestern Europe, the replacement of migratory and gregarious games by sedentary and more solitary ones introduced major shifts in the subsistence strategies of Neandertal hunter-gatherers populations.  It had a direct impact on the organization of the activities within the territory and, thus, on the mobility of these populations. At the end, it seems that the whole structure of the Neandertal societies was altered, leading them to numerous technical and probable symbolic innovations.

Please RSVP by March 28 with Valérie Dubois