Looks as if Neanderthals did some non-representaional cave drawings. Or they represent something we don’t recognize. Good for them.
I see people say this implies they were just like us. Somehow, any capability for symbolism – say, as much as an average three year old -implies that the population had just as much capacity for advanced symbolic thought as the most accomplished modern populations. ” Behavioral modernity” & “the psychic unity of mankind”
That make no sense. Not even a little bit. Instead of telling us something about the intelligence of Neanderthals (who still had a simple and slow-progressing toolkit, compared to some modern humans), it tells you something – something sad – about the mental capabilities of the anthropologists mouthing this nonsense.