home
RSS
Neanderthals less 'creative' than humans
November 8th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Neanderthals less 'creative' than humans

We recently learned Ozzy Osbourne apparently has some genetic traces of Neanderthal in him, and now scientists are finding out even more about this extinct human relative.

The modern human brain and the Neanderthal brain began at about the same size at birth, but their skulls show that they began developing very differently within the first year of life, scientists say.

Neanderthals evolved more than 400,000 years ago, lived as hunter-gatherers in Europe and Asia, and went extinct about 30,000 years ago.

Judging by the archaeological record, Neanderthals were well-adapted to their particular environment, but they were not as creative in terms of hunting strategies or artwork – for example, they apparently did not make cave paintings the way their human contemporaries did.

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology scanned Neanderthals skulls and compared them with modern human skulls. Their results are published in the journal Current Biology.

Subtle changes in the early phases of brain development can have a huge impact on social cognition, communication, and how creative members of a species are, said study author Philipp Gunz of the  Planck Institute.

The pattern of brain development described in the study may point to a diminished inclination to communicate through art, and possibly also help explain why modern humans had advantages over Neanderthals, he said.

"If you are an artist you have to understand symbols, you have to understand meaning, you have to look at the world in the certain way, and it seems that Neanderthals, for 200,000 years, didn’t feel like it," Gunz said.

Modern humans had a higher reproduction rate, and were more flexible in terms of their hunting strategies, he said.

But before we feel too good about ourselves, remember that Neanderthals actually roamed the Earth longer than our own species, Homo sapiens.

"It's not like we can look down on them. We haven't made it that far yet," Gunz said. "Their extinction, I would say, is not a direct consequence of this particular brain development pattern." But the cognitive differences may explain biologically why modern humans showed this creativity and flexibility in their behavior, he said.

Neanderthals had difficult living conditions, inhabiting Europe during the most recent Ice Age. In fact, for most of their time as a species, Neanderthals were on the border of extinction, Gunz said. They ate meat and hunted, and were probably social people who could communicate.

Back when humans and Neanderthals both lived in Europe, population density was low; there were only about 100,000 people on the continent, Gunz said. The first interactions between Neanderthals and humans could have occurred when both species were in the Middle East about 90,000 years ago or less, he said.

It's not certain if there was conflict or harmony between the two species, but there was most likely some interaction and interbreeding. A paper in May in the journal Science estimated that 1 to 4 percent of the modern human genome of non-Africans can be traced back to the Neanderthal

As scientists continue to study the Neanderthal genome, they will learn even more about this creature that seems to have something in common with many of us, not just Ozzy.

Photo: a representation of Neanderthals at the Museum for Prehistory in Eyzies-de-Tayac, France.


soundoff (1,065 Responses)
  1. AnooEncox

    pasticche simili al viagra https://llviagra.com/ – tem problema tomar viagra todo dia prijs viagra turkije

    May 22, 2021 at 05:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. rv furniture san diego

    http://www.dealbada.com/bbs/linkS.php?url=https://ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-fullerton-california/

    May 22, 2021 at 06:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. semi shop near me

    An intriguing discussion is worth comment. There's no doubt that that you need to write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo matter but generally people don't discuss such topics. To the next! All the best!!

    https://www.treasury.gov/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi/?https://www.ocrvcenter.com/haul-truck-collision-repair-shop-near-me/

    May 22, 2021 at 09:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RV Windows Near Me

    Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to produce a very good article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

    http://p113831.typo3server.info/index.php?id=34&type=0&jumpurl=https://ocrv.art/rv-repair-shop-torrance-california

    May 22, 2021 at 11:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. travel trailer frame repair

    http://www.chuangzaoshi.com/Go/?url=https://ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-westminster-california/

    May 22, 2021 at 18:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. rv slide out repair parts

    http://www.uonuma-kome.com/link/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=370&url=https://ocrvcenter.com/rv-toilet-repair-near-me

    May 22, 2021 at 19:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. AnooEncox

    viagra grapefruit juice http://llviagra.com/ viagra stamina rx

    May 22, 2021 at 19:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. RV Couches Near Me

    /

    May 22, 2021 at 19:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. speed shop orange county

    http://www.bigtimesportsohio.com/Redirect.aspx?destination=https://www.ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-san-bernardino-california/

    May 22, 2021 at 21:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. LbsoZisse

    buy cialis online in austalia http://ucialisdas.com/ vigra and cialis

    May 22, 2021 at 22:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. RV Cabinet California

    Very good info. Lucky me I recently found your site by chance (stumbleupon). I have book-marked it for later!

    http://www.aidenpan.com/home/link.php?url=https://www.italianamericanlife.com/2019/10/09/episode-48-interview-with-philippe-fernandes-an-italian-brazilian-with-italian-dual-citizenship/comment-page-20/

    May 23, 2021 at 02:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. LbsoZisse

    20mg cialis buy http://ucialisdas.com/ cheap generic cialis in the us

    May 23, 2021 at 02:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RV Blinds California

    Excellent post! We will be linking to this particularly great post on our website. Keep up the great writing.

    https://r.ypcdn.com/1/c/rtd?ptid=YWSIR&vrid=42bd4a9nfamto&lid=469707251&poi=1&dest=https://nedelnatko.cz/2017/05/sexbotiy/

    May 23, 2021 at 02:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. JebgEncox

    canada pharmacy coupon https://pharmacylo.com/ drug price

    May 23, 2021 at 03:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. rv upholstery near me

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to return yet again since I book marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

    https://www.gemeentemol.be/tellafriend.aspx?url=https://ocrvcenter.com/motorhome-renovation-near-me/

    May 23, 2021 at 04:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. GtnbCrulk

    viagra challenge https://jokviagra.com/ teva viagra

    May 23, 2021 at 07:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. JebgEncox

    Capoten Eskalith Prasugrel

    May 23, 2021 at 08:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Social Media Marketing Company Near Me

    Saved as a favorite, I love your web site!

    http://www.mirtesen.aif.ru/url?e=simple_click&blog_post_id=43405495709&url=http://www.affordableranking.com

    May 23, 2021 at 08:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. RV Steps Orange County

    This is the right site for everyone who hopes to understand this topic. You realize so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a subject that's been written about for ages. Great stuff, just wonderful!

    https://record.affiliatelounge.com/_WS-jvV39_rv4IdwksK4s0mNd7ZgqdRLk/7/?deeplink=https://ocrv.us/rv-repair-shop-baldwin-park-california

    May 23, 2021 at 11:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. brimonidine

    combigan eye drops brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic

    May 23, 2021 at 16:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. RV Mechanics Orange County

    https://crimea.rtrs.ru/go/?q=http://ocrvmotorsports.com/rv-repair-shop-glendora-california

    May 23, 2021 at 18:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Tembepteriope

    https://tadalafilol.com/ cialis tadalafil best price usa tadalafil buy cialis pills where to get tadalafil

    May 23, 2021 at 20:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Internet Marketing Services Near Me

    http://www.spinecenters.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.affordableranking.com

    May 24, 2021 at 03:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Digital Marketing Agency Near Me

    Spot on with this write-up, I actually believe this amazing site needs far more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the advice!

    http://c0016.cloudnet.cloud/redir/?redir=http://www.affordableranking.com/

    May 24, 2021 at 05:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. LebnEncox

    Astelin Cialis Oral Jelly (Orange) us pharmacy

    May 24, 2021 at 08:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. BbshMile

    best places to buy viagra https://loxviagra.com/ can you buy viagra online

    May 24, 2021 at 12:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. GtnbCrulk

    buy viagra online no prescription http://jokviagra.com/ can i buy viagra at walgreens

    May 24, 2021 at 19:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. RV Batteries Riverside

    Your style is really unique compared to other folks I've read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this blog.

    /

    May 24, 2021 at 19:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. solar freakin roadways busted

    /

    May 24, 2021 at 21:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. camper repair shops near me

    /

    May 24, 2021 at 22:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. New Forklift Maintenance Shop California

    That is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Short but very accurate info… Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

    https://mitsui-shopping-park.com/lalaport/iwata/redirect.html?url=http://forkliftswildwestlifttrucks.com/yorba-linda-forklifts/

    May 24, 2021 at 23:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Forklift Tires Near Me

    You are so awesome! I do not suppose I've truly read something like this before. So great to discover somebody with genuine thoughts on this topic. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This site is one thing that's needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

    https://ovatu.com/e/c?url=http://forkliftswildwestlifttrucks.com/mission-viejo-forklifts/

    May 25, 2021 at 01:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Tembepteriope

    tadalafil without a doctor prescription https://tadalafilol.com/ – tadalafil online with out prescription tadalafil drug cialis without a prescription tadalafil cost in canada

    May 25, 2021 at 01:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Content Marketing Companies

    http://www.kestrel.jp/modules/wordpress/wp-ktai.php?view=redir&url=http://affordableranking.com

    May 25, 2021 at 02:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. New Forklift Rental California

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thank you, However I am encountering troubles with your RSS. I don’t understand why I cannot join it. Is there anybody having identical RSS issues? Anybody who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

    https://www.morhipo.com/shared/partnercookie?k=gort&url=http://forkliftswildwestlifttrucks.com/lull-forklift-repair-orange-county-california

    May 25, 2021 at 03:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Local Marketing Agency

    Your style is really unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this blog.

    http://nikoscope.com/pages/view_ad.jsf?id=18&url=http3A2F2Faffordableranking.com

    May 25, 2021 at 04:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Content Marketing Services

    http://sv-mama.ru/shared/go.php?url=http://affordableranking.com

    May 25, 2021 at 04:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Social Media Marketing Service

    http://sponsorship.com/Marketplace/redir.axd?ciid=514&cachename=advertising&PageGroupId=14&url=https://affordableranking.com

    May 25, 2021 at 06:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Soosteemocush

    side effects of tadalafil buy tadalafil tadalafil order online no prescription cheapest tadalafil cost https://tadalafilww.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 07:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. New Forklifts

    https://www.faseb.org/pdfviewer?loadthis=https://forkliftswildwestlifttrucks.com/forklift-services

    May 25, 2021 at 08:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Digital Marketing Company

    http://bigtimesportsohio.com/Redirect.aspx?destination=http://bjsnearme.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 08:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Video Marketing Near Me

    http://birth-trauma.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 25, 2021 at 10:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. SEO Marketing Experts

    This is the right web site for anybody who really wants to understand this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want to…HaHa). You certainly put a fresh spin on a topic which has been discussed for ages. Excellent stuff, just great!

    https://www.californiasmokershelpline.info/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 25, 2021 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. tausAffessy

    buy tadalafil https://tadalafilol.com/ – tadalafil online with out prescription where to buy cialis without prescription tadalafil price walmart https://tadalafilol.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. SEO Marketing Firms

    This is the right website for anybody who hopes to understand this topic. You know a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want to…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic that has been discussed for years. Great stuff, just excellent!

    http://www.cadillacgage.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://www.affordableranking.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 14:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Google Marketing Business

    It’s difficult to find knowledgeable people in this particular topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

    https://www.imaginingourselves.globalfundforwomen.org/pb/External.aspx?url=https://affordableranking.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 15:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Content Marketing Agency Near Me

    There's certainly a lot to learn about this issue. I really like all of the points you've made.

    http://hooha.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://affordableranking.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 16:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Internet Marketing Consultants Near Me

    Very good info. Lucky me I discovered your blog by chance (stumbleupon). I've saved as a favorite for later!

    https://www.dynamicexport.com.au/outbound?url=http://www.affordableranking.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 16:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. ZisseVed

    cialisonline https://krocialis.com/ – is vidalista the same as cialis cialis priapism

    May 25, 2021 at 18:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Social Media Marketing Firm

    http://www.deliciousmovies.com/out.php?u=http://affordableranking.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 18:45 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Leave a Reply to body shop near me


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.