Well as it turns out, Neanderthals
are extremely good at that too, with studies revealing aquatic foraging was a big part of their daily lives.
The research, published in Science Advances, analysed dental evolutionary rates across different hominin species, focusing on early Neanderthals
. It shows that the teeth of hominins from Sima de los Huesos, Spain -- ancestors of the Neanderthals
-- diverged from the modern human lineage earlier than previously assumed.
Her study then focused on the molars and pre-molars of around 30 fossils from the Sima de los Huesos site, which earlier research has reliably dated to 430,000 years ago -- close to the previously assumed date when sapiens and Neanderthals
Researchers from University of Zurich have shown that Neanderthals
walked upright just like modern humans, thanks to a virtual reconstruction of the pelvis and spine of a very well-preserved skeleton of an elderly male Neanderthal
unearthed in La Chapelle-aux-Saints, France.
Dr John Stewart, from the University of Bournemouth, said: "A closer look at the layers in which their fossils are found suggest Neanderthals
actually lived at the same times and places as animals that are associated with warmer, woodland ecologies.
had the brains to build weapons of long-distance destruction, research has shown.
, our closest relatives, lived in Eurasia for hundreds of thousands of years before going extinct some 40,000 years ago.
An analysis of this bone, published on Wednesday in Nature, provides further evidence that the genetically distinct Neanderthals
and Denisovans met and interacted with each other multiple times throughout their history.
are not the knuckle-dragging apemen of popular imagination.
lived from 400,000 years to 40,000 years ago.
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