Nearly Neanderthal: Skulls Reveal the Steps in Human Evolution

June 20, 2014 12:06 AM

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Nearly Neanderthal: Skulls Reveal the Steps in Human Evolution

Skulls found in a Spanish cave suggest that the physical features of Neanderthals and humans diverged in stages, starting with the face and teeth, researchers reported Thursday.

"It is now clear that the full suite of Neanderthal characteristics didn't evolve at the same pace," said Juan-Luis Arsuaga, a paleontologist at the Complutense University of Madrid and the lead author of a study published in this week's issue of the journal Science.

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