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article imageHumans and Neanderthals 'not so different'

By Tim Sandle     May 3, 2014 in Science
Scientists have found very little evidence to suggest modern humans are superior to their Neanderthal ancestors. The research team argues that the stereotype of the primitive Neanderthal is now gradually eroding.
Biologists have reported on a systematic review of archaeological records of Neanderthals and modern humans. The outcome is that they found little evidence to support the intellectual dominance of humans over Neanderthals.
The study was conducted by Paola Villa of the University of Colorado and Wil Roebroeks from Leiden University in The Netherlands. Villa said in a research brief: "The evidence for cognitive inferiority [of Neanderthals] is simply not there. What we are saying is that the conventional view of Neanderthals is not true."
In fact the study suggests that Neanderthals may have actually been a lot like modern humans, for they seem to have had similar social networks and capacity for innovation.
The findings have been published in the journal PLOS ONE ("Neandertal Demise: An Archaeological Analysis of the Modern Human Superiority Complex").
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