The Sunday Read: ‘Neanderthals Were People, Too’

Research has shown that they shared many behaviors that we long believed to be uniquely human. Why did science get them so wrong?

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These Neanderthals Weren’t Cannibals, So Who Ate Them? Stone Age Hyenas.

An archaeological excavation south of Rome uncovered fossil remains of nine Neanderthals, along with the bones of hyenas, elephants and rhinoceroses.

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Neanderthals Listened to the World Much Like Us

A reconstructed Neanderthal ear adds a new piece to the puzzle of whether the early humans could speak.

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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to an Ancient Geomagnetic Disruption

A shift in Earth’s poles 42,000 years ago may have drastically altered the planet’s climate, scientists have found — and they’re naming the period after the author Douglas Adams.

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Tiny Blobs of Brain Cells Could Reveal How Your Mind Differs From a Neanderthal’s

Researchers grew clusters of brain cells in the lab with a gene carried by our ancient ancestors.

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Book Review: ‘Kindred,’ by Rebecca Wragg Sykes

In “Kindred,” Rebecca Wragg Sykes offers a complete new story about Neanderthals, both how they lived and how they met their end.

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DNA Linked to Covid-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds

The stretch of six genes seems to increase the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus.

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Throwing Stick Hints at Ancient Ancestors’ Hunting Techniques

Archaeologists in Germany found a throwing stick that might have been used by a species that preceded Neanderthals.

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