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Source: Common Domain

Neanderthals Had a Creative Side, New Cave Art Studies Suggest

Friday 10:52 GMT

Neanderthals, once considered the low-brows of human evolution, may have been among the world’s first artists, creating cave paintings long before modern humanity arrived on the scene, scientists reported in two new studies Thursday.

“We conclude that this cave art has to be made by Neanderthals,” said physicist Dirk Hoffmann at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, who led researchers from 15 centers in Germany, the U.K., Portugal and Spain.

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Source: NBC News

Cave art proves Neanderthals were as smart as early modern humans

Friday 16:23 GMT

Some of the oldest cave art found in modern-day Spain is too old to have been made by modern humans, researchers reported Thursday.

“In conjunction with the evidence that cave painting in Europe dates back to at least 64,800 years ago, it leaves no doubt that Neanderthals shared symbolic thinking with early modern humans and that, as far as we can infer from material culture, Neanderthals and early modern humans were cognitively indistinguishable,” they concluded.

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Source: CBS News

Europeans should gird for extreme weather

Friday 20:04 GMT

It implies global temperatures could rise by 2.6 degrees Celsius (about 4.68 degrees Fahrenheit ) to 4.8 degrees Celsius (8.28 degrees Fahrenheit) on average by 2050-2100, compared with the 50-year period from 1850-1900.

Thinking of fleeing to Europe to escape the record-breaking severe weather in the U.S.? You're not likely to find a reprieve from climate change there, either. Floods, droughts and heatwaves in European cities will be more severe and strike more frequently than scientists previously realized, a new analysis for 571 cities across the continent found.

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Source: The Guradian

Neanderthals – not modern humans – were first artists on Earth, experts claim

Friday 19:11 GMT

More than 65,000 years ago, a Neanderthal reached out and made strokes in red ochre on the wall of a cave, and in doing so, became the first known artist on Earth, scientists claim.

In caves separated by hundreds of miles, Neanderthals daubed, drew and spat paint on walls producing artworks, the researchers say, tens of thousands of years before modern humans reached the sites. The finding, described as a “major breakthrough in the field of human evolution” by an expert who was not involved in the research, makes the case for a radical retelling of the human story, in which the behaviour of modern humans differs from the Neanderthals by the narrowest of margins.

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Source: New York Times

The Elder Statesman of Latin American Literature — and a Writer of Our Moment

Wednesday 13:37 GMT

This imposing casona seemed like a fitting residence for the last living giant of a golden age of Latin American literature, a man who may well be the most politically important novelist of our time, but the house does not belong to Vargas Llosa.

“The Time of the Hero” was among the first sensations of a transformative age of Latin American literature known as the Boom. (All its other major writers — Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, José Donoso, Juan Rulfo, Miguel Ángel Asturias and Guillermo Cabrera Infante — have died.)

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Source: DW

Barcelona terror attack suspects arrested in France

Wednesday 15:28 GMT

France's top anti-terrorism prosecutor, Francois Molins, revealed in late August that several of the suspects had been in the Paris region in the days leading up to the attacks.

Spanish and French authorities detained three people on Tuesday in connection with last summer's terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, which left 16 people dead and around 130 injured. The arrests were made in the French regions of Gard and Tarn, following a joint French and Spanish police operation.

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Source: DW

Spanish national anthem words spark controversy

Wednesday 09:56 GMT

Spanish pop singer Marta Sanchez reignited a national debate over patriotism when she performed the national anthem with her own added lyrics, at a concert in Madrid on Saturday.

The Spanish national anthem, known as the "Royal March," is one of the few in the world that does not contain any lyrics and Spaniards often hum or just stand silent when it is played. Sanchez's performance of the anthem caused both praise and criticism, in a country that is still reeling from the political crisis that was sparked by the recent Catalan secession movement in October 2017.


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