Neandertals got picky about bones for their tools

"Neandertals knew that for a specific task, they needed a very particular tool. They found what worked best and sought it out when it was available."

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~5 min

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‘Modern’ tools weren’t from Neanderthals, after all

Scientists thought Neanderthals might have created tools from a cave in what's now Bulgaria, but new research shows Homo sapiens may deserve credit.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Modern humans and Neanderthals share tangled genetic past

New research adds to growing evidence that our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals not just once, but over and over again throughout history.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~4 min

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Oldest human genetic data may expand our ‘family tree’

The oldest human genetic data ever recovered could shed light on the evolution of our ancestors and clarify the branches of the human family tree.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~6 min

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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 • futurity
Nov. 11, 2019 ~5 min

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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 • futurity
Oct. 22, 2019 ~3 min

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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 • futurity
Oct. 31, 2018 ~8 min

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