Monday, June 17, 2013
The new face of Natur-al-Andalus
After a year's absence we return with a purpose. Each post will consist of a photograph taken by one of us and a brief description. Our aim is to slowly build up an archive of images of the species which we are finding in the fossil record of the Gibraltar Caves. For information on those caves and the work being done there visit our sister blog at http:clivehumanevo.blogspot.com
Here's a Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos photographed recently by Stewart. This species is frequent in the levels at Gorham's Cave and was a component of the fauna at the time of the Neanderthals (60-31.5 thousand years ago). It most likely nested on the cliffs of Gibraltar and hunted on the plains which are now submerged. In a recent paper we showed that the Neanderthals took these birds for their feathers.
Posted by Clive Finlayson at 4:43 PM