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  1. Neanderthals Were Not So Dumb After All

    It turns out that our extinct cousins weren’t as intellectually challenged as we’ve been led to believe. Neanderthals lived roughly between 350,000 and 400,000 years ago, and they were probably capable of speech, hunted in complex groups and used pigments for body paint, according to Dutch researchers who have studied the species’ fossils. So why did they die out? Though the date of their extinction is disputed, one theory is they interbred with early humans, and the remnants of their species may have been assimilated into the population of the new arrivals.

    Sources: NBCNew ScientistThe GuardianDiscovery

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