Neanderthals Actually Weren't Jerks, Unlike Many Homo Sapiens

As soon as the first Neanderthal fossils were discovered in 1856, the ancient hominins gained a reputation as dumb, hairy brutes. Famed biologist Thomas Henry Huxley described the Neanderthal as a “man of low degree of civilization,” while futurist H.G. Wells argued they were savage creatures that deserved extinction in his 1921 short story “The Grisly Folk.” On Tuesday, scientists argued in World Archaeology that these stereotypes are wrong: Neanderthals, they write, were actually...

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