The BBC reported recently that a new study has challenged the view that our closest relatives, the Neanderthals, could advance only through contact with Homo sapiens.
“They were far more resourceful than we have given them credit for” stated Julien Riel-Salvatore, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado in Denver, who led the seven-year study.
Neanderthals, first discovered in Germany’s Neander Valley in 1856, shared 99.5-99.9% of modern humans’ DNA but split from our evolutionary line some 500,000 years ago and disappeared off the face of the Earth about 30,000 years ago.
The study has revealed that Neanderthals had a number of BIG ideas: They discovered projectile points, ochre, bone tools, ornaments and there’s possible evidence of fishing and small game hunting.
It would seem that they were a lot more like us than the 19th century conception of a brutish and dumb ancient people, in ideas and also in biology.
“We are more brothers than distant cousins” remarked Julien. This confirms the suspicions of many women worldwide…