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Neanderthal - These Ancient Humans Were Freakishly Strong (Video)


Throughout scientific history, the narrative surrounding Neanderthals has often portrayed them as inferior to Homo sapiens, yet recent anatomical evidence challenges this notion. Neanderthals exhibited a robust build and distinct cranial features, particularly suited for the cold environments of Europe's dense forests. A study in Quaternary Science Reviews suggests that their shorter legs and longer toes were adaptations to these environments, enabling them to navigate hilly terrains and hunt effectively.

Furthermore, genetic analyses reveal that Neanderthals possessed a higher prevalence of genetic variants associated with power and sprinting, suggesting they were built more for speed and power bursts rather than endurance. This aligns with their likely hunting strategy of ambush rather than pursuit in wooded areas.

Moreover, Neanderthals displayed remarkable physical prowess, with larger muscle mass and stronger bones, possibly influenced by hormonal factors and a diet rich in proteins and lipids. Archaeological findings indicate a lifestyle of intense hunting, characterized by face-to-face combat with large prey.

Contrary to earlier assumptions, Neanderthals were not mere brutes but skilled hunters adapted to their environment, challenging conventional perceptions of human evolution.

Top image: Neanderthal warrior AI generated. Source: dasom/Adobe Stock

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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