Science: Neanderthals with Hands as Ours

Society | March 27, 2003, Thursday // 00:00

Computer reconstructions of fossilised Neanderthal bones show their hands had almost the same manual dexterity as the human ones, according to researchers from the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins at the University of Southampton, England.

That means that the Neanderthals were adept at using implements such as axes and knives, BBC reported.

The finding is important because it casts doubt on the idea that Neanderthals died out because of a physical inability to use stone tools.

Neanderthals lived between 230,000 and 28,000 years ago in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.

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