Did disease buy time before Neanderthal extinction?

A new theory about Neanderthal extinction points to disease transmission as the culprit—both for their end, and for why it came about so slowly.

Ker Than-Stanford | Nov. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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Why glue isn’t proof of Neanderthal smarts

Neanderthals made birch bark glue, which has been considered evidence of their sophistication. But what if it's actually super easy to make?

Kathleen Hamilton-NYU | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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60,000-year-old skeleton hints that Neanderthals stood straight

A new 3D model of the ribcage of the most complete Neanderthal skeleton ever unearthed debunks the idea of a barrel-chested, hunched-over "caveman."

Kim Eckart-Washington | Oct. 31, 2018 | futurity
~8 mins   

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