It seemed likely, she said, that the Neanderthals were picking
off the weakest of the beasts and herding them into a swampy area to
"In the past, Neanderthals have been described as the most
marginal of scavengers, and yet we have increasing evidence that
they were supreme hunters and top carnivores," Dr Schreve told the
One major piece of this great scientific jigsaw remains
outstanding: extensive remains of the ancient people themselves.
What we know about the early occupations comes mostly from the
stone tools and other artefacts these Britons left behind; their
bones have been elusive.
Professor Stringer is confident, though, that major discoveries
are still ahead.
Some of the earliest human settlements would have been in what
is now the North Sea. Indeed, trawlermen regularly pull up mammoth
fossils from the seabed, for example.
"There are very many promising sites in East Anglia where there
is tremendous coastal erosion going on. That's bad news for the
people who live there now; and we don't want it too happen to
quickly either because we need time to get to grips with what's
coming out of the cliffs."