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Neanderthals used adhesives 200,000 years ago

New research suggests that Neanderthals used tar as an adhesive 200,000 years ago. Excavations over the past few decades have unearthed tar lumps and adhesive residues on stone tools at Neanderthal sites in Germany. Some anthropologists have claimed that adhesive production is a high-tech skill associated with anatomically modern humans, yet

Neanderthal teeth show evidence of dentistry

130,000-year-old Neanderthal teeth found at a site in Croatia show evidence of rudimentary attempts at dentistry. A Neanderthal who lived 130,000 years ago appears to have carried out some “prehistoric dentistry” in an attempt to deal with an impacted tooth, researchers have said. Teeth found at a site in Krapina, Croatia, at

Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens met 40,000 years ago in the Czech Republic

New findings have revealed that Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals crossed paths over 40,000 years ago in the modern-day Czech Republic. Sometime just over 40,000 years ago, the last surviving cousins of the modern humans, Homo Neanderthals, likely met their Homo sapiens kin in the modern-day Moravia region of the Czech Republic,

Neanderthal remains found at open-air site in Israel

A Neanderthal upper molar and lower limb bones have been found at an open-air site in Israel that dates back 60,000 years. The Levant, or Near East, is to date the only known region where the fossil record shows the two populations — Neanderthals and Homo sapiens– existed simultaneously during the

Neanderthal plaque DNA analyzed

Researchers have compared the plaque found in the teeth of Neanderthals in Spain to Neanderthals living in Belgium, learning that the Spanish Neanderthals were vegetarians while those who lived in Belgium ate rhinoceros and sheep. In a 2013 study, a team led by Cooper sequenced preserved plaque to uncover upheavals in

Neanderthal DNA still influences health today

I recently got my genes sequenced and found out that I am made up of 2.8% Neanderthal DNA. Turns out that some of those genes are still affecting my health today. Neanderthals are still affecting what illnesses some people develop, how tall they are and how their immune systems work, despite

Evidence of Neanderthal cannibalism found in Belgium

Bone fragments found in the Goyet caves in Belgium are evidence of cannibalistic behaviour among Neanderthals. There is evidence of skinning, cutting up, and extraction of bone marrow. Lead scientist Professor Herve Bocherens, from the University of Tubingen in Germany, said: "These indications allow us to assume that the Neanderthals practised cannibalism. "The

Climate change contributed to Neanderthal demise

New research suggests that climate change may have been one of the factors contributing to the extinction of the Neanderthals. Hodgkins examined bones discovered in caves once inhabited by Neanderthals in southwestern France for marks demonstrating how the carcasses of deer and other animals were butchered and used for food. During