130,000-year-old bear bone carved from Neanderthal is symbolic art, study says

Neanderthals made parallel marks on this bear bone

A nearly 130,000-year-old bear bone was deliberately marked with indentations and could be one of the oldest works of art in Eurasia created by Neanderthals, researchers say.

The roughly cylindrical bone, which is about 4 inches long (10.6 centimeters), is decorated with 17 irregularly spaced parallel cuts. A right-handed person probably completed the piece in one take, a new study shows.

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