Most Neanderthals were right-handed

Published on August 31st, 2012 | by Admin

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New research suggests that most Neanderthals were right-handed, and that because this means they had left-brain dominance, they may have had the capacity for language.

A new analysis of the skeleton of a 20-something Neanderthal man confirms that he was a righty like most of his European caveman cousins whose remains have been studied by scientists (16 of 18 specimens). Dubbed “Regourdou,” the skeleton was discovered in 1957 in France, not far from the famous network of caves at Lascaux.

Scientists previously had argued that Regourdou was right-handed based on the muscularity of his right arm versus his left arm. Now an international team of researchers say they have confirmed that assumption by conducting a more sophisticated analysis of his arms and shoulders and then linking that data with the scratch marks on Regourdou’s teeth.

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Story: Megan Gannon, LiveScience | Photo: P Sémal, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels

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