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Neanderthals Could Speak Like Humans?
December 29, 2013 | BBC

Researchers have studied a well-preserved hyoid bone from a Neanderthal and have determined that the bone functioned like the hyoid bone of modern humans – meaning that Neanderthals had the ability to make a wide range of sounds similar to modern humans.


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The Influence of Neandertals on Early European Manufacturing
August 23, 2013 | Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
"Modern humans replaced Neandertals in Europe about 40 thousand years ago, but the Neandertals’ capabilities are still greatly debated. Some argue that before they were replaced, Neandertals had cultural capabilities similar to modern humans, while others argue that these similarities only appear once modern humans came into contact with Neandertals." Quoted from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

The Most Immediate Ancestor of Humans
April 16, 2013 | National Geographic
Some researchers believe that Australopithecus sediba should occupy the position of the most immediate ancestor of humans.

Dietary Change for Humans 3.5 MYA
June 9, 2013 | National Science Foundation
"New studies show that human ancestors expanded their menu 3.5 million years ago, adding tropical grasses and sedges to an ape-like diet. The change set the stage for consuming more modern fare: grains, grasses, and meat and dairy from grazing animals." Quoted from the NSF press release.


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