Neanderthals Walked Upright just like the Humans | New Study ~ helpBIOTECH

26 February 2019

Neanderthals Walked Upright just like the Humans | New Study



Neanderthals are often depicted as having straight spines and poor posture. However, these prehistoric humans were more similar to us than many assume. University of Zurich researchers have shown that Neanderthals walked upright just like modern humans – thanks to a virtual reconstruction of the pelvis and spine of a very well-preserved Neanderthal skeleton found in France.



Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) are an extinct species or subspecies of archaic humans in the genus Homo, who lived within Eurasia from circa 400,000 until 40,000 years ago.

Currently the earliest fossils of Neanderthals in Europe are dated between 450,000 to 430,000 years ago, and thereafter Neanderthals expanded into Southwest and Central Asia. They are known from numerous fossils, as well as stone tool assemblages. 

Compared to modern humans, Neanderthals were stockier, with shorter legs and bigger bodies

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