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Study: Neanderthals did not live more violently than other ancient peoples


From a study of over 200 skulls:

Males suffered the bulk of harmful head knocks, whether they were Neandertals or ancient humans, the scientists report online November 14 in Nature.

“Our results suggest that Neandertal lifestyles were not more dangerous than those of early modern Europeans,” Harvati says. Bruce Bower, “Skull damage suggests Neandertals led no more violent lives than humans” at Science News

That’s a curious headline, Skull damage suggests Neandertals led no more violent lives than humans“,” as if Neanderthals were not humans.

It makes sense that the Neanderthal was not more violent than others. Life back then was probably as violent as it could be among humans who — after all — can foresee and avoid chances of getting killed.

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See also: Neanderthals walked normally, upright, say researchers

No one evolved faster than the Neanderthal Look how smart he got in the last few decades (if you go by a discussion of Neanderthals and language)

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