Modern humans no brainier than neanderthals, study finds

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Modern humans no brainier than neanderthals, study finds

Modern humans no brainier than neanderthals, study finds

This Jan. 8, 2003 file photo shows a reconstructed Neanderthal skeleton, right, and a modern human version of a skeleton, left, on display at the Museum of Natural History.AP PHOTO/FRANK FRANKLIN II, FILE

It’s a well-ingrained stereotype: That Neanderthals grunted their way through life as less than brilliant “club-wielding brutes.” A new study published in Plos One says that just isn’t so.

Scientists have long theorized that early modern humans had a cognitive advantage (which translated, they posited, into a better diet, better weapons, and better communication) that allowed them to survive when Neanderthals did not some 40,000 years ago.

Wil Roebroeks at the Netherlands’ Leiden University was one of two researchers who dug through archaeological records looking for research to support the idea of a dimwitted demise, but instead found “there is no…

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