A New Understanding of Neanderthals

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Since the discovery of the first Neanderthal fossil remains in the Neander Valley near Dusseldorf, Germany in August of 1856 questions and controversies have been abound. Who were these "brutish" creatures, and where do they fit into the evolutionary scale? As time goes by and the research continues, there is increasingly more evidence that Neanderthals may not have been remarkably different from modern humans...
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With no conclusive evidence that Neanderthals were "inferior ? to modern humans" in "locomotor, manipulative, intellectual, or linguistic abilities," they have been included in the same species as modern humans, Homo sapiens (Trinkaus, 140). However, since there are marked anatomical differences between the Neanderthals and modern Homo sapiens they have also been given their very own subspecies called, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis...
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