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Re: Homo sapiens idaltu
Quoting Dann Pigdon <email@example.com>:
> Why is it that in the old days, marks on bones like this would have been
> taken as definite signs of cannibalism, yet these days they are usually
> suggested as 'ritual behaviour'? Why can't humans simply have eaten each
> other, without the need for symbolic activity to set them apart from
> 'common animals'?
As I understood the argument, the scratch marks on the skull are not the sort
one would expect to see if the skull were simply being defleshed for
consumption. Take that for what it's worth.
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan