Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Acculturation Model

Proposal advanced to explain the 10 ky temporal overlap of Neandertals and CroMagnons in central and southern Europe in which transitional tool industries such as the Châtelperronian result from the interaction between Neandertals and anatomically modern invaders bearing an Aurignacian tool tradition. According to this model, the development and use of decorated bone objects and body ornaments by Neandertals was the result of borrowed or mimicked culture rather than of independent invention.

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