Neanderthals had a brain at birth of a similar size to that of modern-day babies. However, after birth, their brain grew more quickly than it does for Homo sapiens and became larger too. Nevertheless, the individual lifespan ran just as slowly as it does for modern human beings.
All three fossils (two molars and part of a finger bone) were found in Denisova cave in southern Siberia, where Russian student Zoya Gudkova takes a break from digging. Neanderthals and modern humans also lived there tens of thousands of years ago.
Early humans lived in a world that one evolutionary geneticist compared to the fantasy world of Lord of the Rings. Not only were there many hominid populations, but these populations interbred, contributing to the genetic diversity of modern humans.
Black death skeletons reveal pitiful life of 14th-century Londoners
Evidence from skulls in east London shows plague had to have been airborne to spread so quickly Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago believe they have.
Reconstruction of a woman from the prehistoric Magdalenian culture. The Magdalenian people, a culture of early modern humans, lived in western Europe from to 7000 years ago, during the Upper Paleolithic period.
GRANDMA'S EXPERIENCES LEFT A MARK ON YOUR GENES. Your ancestors' lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the expressions of genes in the Fascinating article!
Neanderthal and modern human skeletons. Remember kids, Homo Sapiens did not evolve from Neanderthals. They were two distinctly different species. Neanderthals are now believed to have partially co-existed with Cro-Magnons and may even have interbred.
Researchers have found the oldest fossil human cranium in Portugal, marking an important contribution to knowledge of human evolution during the middle Pleistocene in Europe and to the origin of the Neanderthals.