Jun 15

Who were the Neanderthals?

DW Documentary writes “Long before Homo sapiens populated the earth, the Neanderthals lived in Eurasia.

Now, paleoanthropologists in England and France are using new archeological methods to shed light on some previously unexplained Neanderthal mysteries.

In an age clouded by the mists of time, the first early humans colonized the Eurasian continent. They settled on land that had only recently been covered by glaciers. This species, called Neanderthals, died out about 30,000 years ago — but at one time, they formed the largest group in an area that stretched from northern France to the Belgian coast and from the Channel Islands to southern England.

During the last Ice Age, the North Sea was frozen over — and the English Channel was a small river that could easily be crossed on foot. The Neanderthals lived in close harmony with their perpetually changing environment. They had everything they needed to survive: the meat of prey animals, edible wild plants, water and wood for cooking and heating. How did these early humans develop over almost 300,000 years? What were their lives like before they became extinct?

Our documentary is based on the latest research. We investigate various populations of Neanderthals, and visit archaeological sites in northern France, southern England, and on the island of Jersey.

Renowned researchers such as the British paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer and his French colleague Ludovic Slimak describe how the Neanderthals lived, and discuss their cognitive abilities. Was this species capable of structured thinking? Did they have cultures, languages, and societies? How intelligent were they, and what sort of adaptive strategies kept them alive for 300,000 years? How similar were they to modern-day humans?”

7 Responses to “Who were the Neanderthals?”

  1. Joey B

    Actually their death blow started with the Laschamp magnetic excursion 41k ago and lasted 8k years. Yet today we living the modern day excursion where society as we know it will end and everyone is asleep at the wheel. Can you imagine the hell on Earth when a Carrington type CME or bigger hits and the magnetosphere is at zero. Say goodbye to your grid, forever.

  2. Nerida H

    They didnt die out. They were mostly killed off, + breed out by modern humans. Many people in Europe +UK have 2-6% Neanderthal DNA, as shown by a blond haird, blue eyed, pretty UK Tv anouncer, who had her DNA tested, + was 4% Neanderthal. Autralian Aboriginals + Papua New Guinea are 50% Neanderthal, + it shows in their features. DNA results call it Melanesian.

  3. Jeffrey E

    I agree with the Ketchum genome project/DNA study that concludes Sasquatch are modern human hybrids not Neanderthal or
    Denisovan. I think it would be wise to do more research and study of the nuclear DNA to see it there are any signs/traces of CRSIPER type/gene editing. If anything this DNA study lends some credence to biblical texts… Genesis 6:4 “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown”.

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