Archaeologists found a piece of rock crystal in Altai, which Neanderthals considered an ornament
«We have found the small piece of rock crystal in the occupation earth layers in the Chagyr cave, which was brought from the outside. No traces of use were found on it, and yet it had been intentionally broken off. The Neanderthals brought a very beautiful crystal to the cave and did not use it. So we could be talking about their cognitive abilities expanding: they liked something beautiful, and they purposefully brought it, we could even talk about the sense of beauty in Neanderthals,» Kolobova said.
It has been considered 'common knowledge' that Neanderthals were alien to aesthetics and they did not make art, Kolobova explained.