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Neanderthals, which share a common ancestor with modern humans, may have been more similar to us than scientists previously thought.

Neanderthals, which share a common ancestor with modern humans, may have been more similar to us than scientists previously thought.

(Huffington Post)

When you picture Neanderthals, you might imagine subhuman brutes grunting — but new research suggests these ancient hominids might have been more articulate than previously thought.
A recent paper, authored by Dutch scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics, argues that not only did Neanderthals and humans interact and interbreed — but they also likely shared some elements of speech and language.
In fact, this new research claims that modern language and speech date back to the most recent ancestor we shared with the Neanderthals, Homo heidelbergensis. And it’s even possible that the languages we speak today retain some elements of Neanderthal language.

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