Re: re carrying things in teeth

Ralph L Holloway (rlh2@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Fri, 8 Mar 1996 22:11:01 -0500

I've never heard that Neandertals carried things in their teeth. What I've
seen and read about are the manner in which the anterior teeth,
particualrly the incisors, are worn down. The wear is extensive and
suggests that stripping motions, perhaps on skins were carried out, by
pulling the skins thover the incisor surfaces and downward. These wear
patterns are very well preserved on one of the Spy specimens. They may
have actually "carried" other things, like all of do once in while, over
very short distances when our hands are full. I doubt that it had
anything to do one way or another with neandertal language capabilities.
Ralph Holloway