Neanderthals used toothpicks, according to a report in Reuters, 12 September 2007. Palaeontologist Juan Luis has studied two molar teeth found in Pinilla del Valle, near Madrid in Spain, and found they had “grooves formed by the passage of a pointed object which confirms the use of a small stick for cleaning the mouth.” The molars were very well preserved and showed signs of wear consistent with an age of about 30 years.

Editorial Comment: This may seem a rather trivial finding, but it is another reminder that Neanderthals were fully human. In spite of attempts to classify them as a different species to bolster the theory of evolution, whenever studies have been done on individual characteristics they have always shown that Neanderthals lived and functioned just like ordinary people. (Ref. hominids, dentistry, hygiene)

Evidence News 28 November 2007