Artists wrongly portrayed Neanderthals: found evidence of their straight posture

Over the years, artists have depicted the Neanderthals as a hunched creatures, not unlike monkeys. Perhaps all of these illustrations are far from past reality, as researchers from the University of Zurich have found multiple evidence that the ancient people had walked upright. The discovery was made in the study of skeletal remains and the reconstruction of the skeleton with the help of computer technology.

Artists wrongly portrayed Neanderthals: found evidence of their straight posture

The first images of human ancestors, extinct about 40 000 years ago, appeared in the early twentieth century. The basis of almost all reconstructions of Neanderthal skeleton was discovered in 1908 in a cave-Bufiya Boneval, located in the French commune of La Chapelle-aux-Saints. Looking at the first reconstruction, the artists began to depict them hunched - that they could walk upright, few people thought seriously.

In the study of Neanderthal skeleton team of researchers has discovered that his lumbar spine and neck were bent, just like that of modern humans. Continuing the study using computer reconstruction, the researchers found that between the ancient and the present people there is one thing in common - is the location of the sacrum. On the remains also noticeable wear of the hip joint, which is also indicative of a straight posture.

no evidence that Neanderthals were fundamentally different from our anatomy, virtually none. It's time to recognize that there were many similarities between them and modern humans.

Martin Hausler, lead author of the study

In recent years, scientists have made a lot of discoveries relating to the life of Neanderthals. For example, archaeologists have recently found a footprint of one of the last representatives of this kind of people. The researchers also were able to find out what they ate.

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