Neanderthal man skull (La Chapelle)

Neanderthal man skull (La Chapelle)

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Caption: Neanderthal man skull. Side view of a skull of fossil Homo neanderthalensis. Formerly seen as a degenerate version of modern man, Neanderthal man is now considered a separate species. This skull was discovered in 1908 in a cave near the village of La Chapelle-aux-Saints, France. It belonged to an old man with severe osteoarthritis of the upper and lower jaw. There are brow ridges. Although the forehead is low, average brain size was large at over 1400 ml. Skeletal remains show that Homo neanderthalensis were short and thick-set with a body resembling modern cold-adapted people. They lived as hunter gatherers, ranging across Europe from about 150,000 to 30,000 years ago.

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