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We’ve all heard the story: dim-witted Neanderthals couldn’t quite keep up with our intelligent modern human ancestors, leading to their eventual downfall and disappearance from the world we know now. Apparently they needed more brain space for their eyes.

The Neandertal Man.

Science or myth The term caveman, sometimes used colloquially to refer to Neanderthal people, originates out of assumptions about the association between early humans and caves, most clearly demonstrated in cave painting or bench models.

Neanderthal fossils discovered in a cave in Greece. "Greece lies directly on the most likely route of dispersals of early modern humans and earlier hominins into Europe from Africa via the Near East," paleoanthropologist Katerina Harvati said. "It also lies at the heart of one of the three Mediterranean peninsulae of Europe, which acted as refuge for human populations, during glacial times where species and populations were able to survive during the worst climatic deteriorations."

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Cavemen among us: Some humans are 4 percent Neanderthal A new study concludes that humans mated with Neanderthals to years ago, leaving traces of the Neanderthal genome in some modern humans.

Cross-Culture | Neanderthals apparently created the oldest known examples of a kind of bone tool used in Europe, thus raising the possibility that modern humans may have learned how to make these tools from Neanderthals. Conversely, Neanderthals created artifacts similar to ones made at about the same time by modern humans arriving in Europe, such as body ornaments and small blades. Scientists have hotly debated whether such behavior developed before or after contact with modern humans.

Did Neanderthals Teach Modern Humans How to Make Tools?

Humans Broke Off Neanderthal Sex After Discovering Eurasia ~ We may have last swapped genes with Neanderthals as recently as years ago.

White skin developed in Europe only as recently as 8,000 years ago ...

A world map of Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestry in modern humans. Photo: An imaginative model of a Neanderthal.

Neanderthal and modern humans, Homo sapiens lived alongside one another for 10,000 to 15,000 years.

Neanderthal and modern humans, Homo sapiens lived alongside one another for…

Wax figure of a Neanderthal in the 'Ascent of Man' exhibition at the Tokyo National Science Museum

Wax figure of a Neanderthal in the 'Ascent of Man' exhibition at the Tokyo National Science Museum.

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What Happened Between the Neaderthals and Us? Svante Pääbo’s genome-sequencing project hopes to point up the differences that enabled humans, unlike the Neanderthals, with whom they interbred, to build complex societies.

Neanderthal People | Neanderthal portraits

World’s Oldest Cancer Found in Bone of Year-Old Neanderthal - "This case shows that Neanderthals, living in an unpolluted environment, were susceptible to the same kind of cancer as living humans.

La mayor parte de los restos se han hallado en Kenia, en la localidad de Koobi Fora y en Tanzania, en la conocida Garganta de Olduvai. Algunos autores ponen en duda su pertenencia a Homo, conforme a una interpretación restrictiva de la diagnosis del género, y lo asignan o bien a Australopithecus o bien proponen que se defina un nuevo género para esta especie en el que se incluya también a Homo rudolfensis.

A reconstruction of Homo habilis at the Westfälisches Museum für Archäologie, Herne. It is thought that Acheulean technologies first developed in Africa out of the more primitive Oldowan technology as long ago as million years ago, by Homo habilis.

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