Why Won’t the Neanderthal Stereotypes Die?

Barbara J. King | NPR Cosmos & Culture

At the end of last month, a team of research scientists announcedthat walls in three caves in Spain were adorned with art created by our evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals about 65,000 years ago.

That news, published in the journal Science, rang out worldwide as exciting, even revolutionary.

The art in question was previously thought to have been made by our own ancestors, Homo sapiens, but new dates obtained for the painting knocked that idea out of the running.

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