This is something I've always found to be strangely interesting. In general, prehistoric religion gives you a lot of interesting insights. For those who aren't familiar, there is a theory put forward by Emil Bächler after excavating the Drachenloch cave in eastern Switzerland. He found the arranged skeletal remains of an extinct bear species known as Ursus spelaeus, also known as the cave bear. It was a large and particularly intelligent variety of bear that mainly lived in caves, so finding its remains there wasn't too weird. However, the skull and leg bones were arranged into formations that looked very deliberate. One such skull had a femur penetrating its cheek, an arrangement that Bächler thought only possible if the femur is turned as it is pushed in. These arrangements were extremely unlikely to be naturally occurring. Therefore, his conclusion was that he had discovered a very early shrine dedicated to this the cave bear of Europe's caves. Bächler estimated the period during which the cave would have been accessible (i.e. not blocked by Ice Age glaciers) while the bear existed was well over 100,000 years ago. Later on André Leroi-Gourhan would find the exact arrangements all the way in Saône-et-Loire. Although, it's worth noting that Gourhan himself was skeptical and considered the arrangements to be just an extreme fluke of flooding and other happenstance. Nonetheless, this could, and in the minds of some, does imply the existence of an ancient cult of Neanderthals that was spread over a fairly large distance. There is definitely motive for some in the mainstream to debunk this, and I want to talk more about that in other posts. However, I'd like to hear what you have to say. Feel free to share similar paradigms.