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People working at the excavation of the Neanderthal site of Abri Peyrony, southwestern France, where bone tools known as lissoirs, were recently discovered. Researchers have found what they say are the first examples of specialized bone tools made by Neanderthals, a discovery that will add to debates about how advanced Neanderthals were and how much contact they had with modern humans.

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Neanderthals were more advanced (VIDEO)

Researchers have found what they say are specialized bone tools made by Neanderthals in Europe thousands of years before modern humans are thought to have arrived to share such skills, a discovery that suggests modern man’s distant cousins were more advanced than previously believed.

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