Posted: Apr 28, 2019 10:53 am
by zoon
Spearthrower wrote:It's amazing how popular a meme it is that Neanderthals were cartoony stone-age brutes.

In the field, this hasn't been considered the case for nigh on a century.

Neanderthals have been thought of as ape-like compared to modern humans, which as you say would definitely be wrong - with similar-sized brains, their thinking was presumably not noticeably less complex than ours. It would be very surprising (and extremely interesting) if they had evolved the same size of brain without speech. There's nothing wrong with calling them stone-age, though, as all modern humans were also stone-age at the time?