It is a fact that the by-now extinct Neanderthal Man was pretty sturdy and stocky in built upon being given birth.
Neanderthal children happened to be wide and stocky just like their parents. A novel study examined the remains of two infant Neanderthals with more recent African and European-American babies.
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The Neanderthals resembled their elders whatever their chronological age may have happened to be. The basic differences between Neanderthals and modern humans existed by the time the Neanderthals were done with the process of having been given birth to by their mothers.
There is some speculation into the matter that points towards the cold winters extant at that time in prehistory as being responsible for the chunky anatomical features of the Neanderthals.
There has even been some evidence of human beings and Neanderthals having interbred somewhere along the lines of their evolution. Then the Neanderthals died out and modern humans alone ruled the roost.
Yet these modern humans contained the Neanderthal genes in their genetic makeup. The genetic differences were not that great between the two. Some have said that Neanderthals were just a sub-human species of sorts. The veracity of this statement needs to be corroborated by means of further research.
Yet the difference is obvious no matter how small. Neanderthals skulls were different than those of modern humans. Fossil remains had the arm, leg and pelvic bones measured by experts to determine what was the same and what was different between the two strains of humans.
One of the skeletons was from Russia while the other one was from France. Neanderthals apparently seemed to have large hips, according to DailyMail.
The skeleton from Russia also had a lengthier pubic bone and a wider ilium. These skeletal differences were established by the time the Neanderthals were infants clinging to their mothers’ bosoms.
The differences have a genetic basis. They are not just due to the shaping pressures of the environment. Further research is necessary to confirm whether these findings are a fact or just pure speculation. The facial features and cranium of Neanderthals were the most interesting thing of all.
Neanderthals tended to continue growing more bone on their faces after birth. Neanderthals thus had sloping chins and foreheads. They almost looked like oddities. Modern humans instead re-absorb some of the bones back after birth and hence have flatter skulls as a result.
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The findings of this study got published in PNAS.