Pre-Neanderthal culture. Artwork of pre-Neanderthals (Homo heidelbergensis) on the ancient banks of the river Thames in modern-day Swanscombe, Kent, UK. Like modern humans, Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) are members of the Homo genus. They inhabited Europe and western Asia between 230,000 and 29,000 years ago. They did not use complex tools but had mastery of fire and built shelters. It is thought that they had language and a complex social structure, living in small family groups and hunting for food.
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