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Exquisitely Preserved Neanderthal Skeleton of Child Found

When he died some 49,000 years ago, an otherwise healthy Neanderthal boy was just seven-and-a-half. His cause of death remains a mystery. An analysis of his well-preserved skeleton is providing new insights into how these extinct humans developed and matured. They reveal an extended period of growth in certain aspects compared to modern humans. According to an analysis of a skeleton found at El Sidrón cave in northwestern Spain, the skeleton suggests that Neanderthal brains and spinal columns took a bit longer to grow compared to modern humans. Yet overall, the new study shows that Neanderthals and modern human growth patterns share striking similarity. The finding that improves our understanding of human evolution and biology.
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