Humans and Neanderthals interbred. Some of the genes we inherited from this union appear to have helped Europeans adapt to the new environment they found themselves in
We thought Neanderthal technology didn’t really increase in complexity over time. But a new way of measuring technological complexity suggests it did after all.
400,000 year old DNA has been recovered from a human fossil. The fossil is meant to be that of a proto-Neanderthal; but the DNA suggests its actually more closely related to a different branch of humanity!
Shared DNA doesn’t necessarily mean we interbred with Neanderthals. Can we test if that actually happened?
Neanderthals were our close cousins before they went extinct. The last common ancestor of our species was thought to be Homo heidelbergensis, but a new study casts doubt on this.
New research challenges our view of Neanderthal diet by suggesting they may not have eaten plants but the stomach contents of plant eating animals!
Neanderthals were our closest relatives. They were smart and strong, with brains bigger than ours! But did they have language?