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Artists incorrectly portrayed Neanderthals: evidence of their straight posture was found.

Over the years, artists have depictedNeanderthals as stooped creatures, not unlike monkeys. Perhaps all these illustrations are far from past reality, as researchers from the University of Zurich found at once several proofs of the fact that ancient people were straightforward. The discovery was made during the study of bone remains and reconstruction of their skeleton using computer technology.

The first images of human ancestors, extinctabout 40,000 years ago, appeared in the early twentieth century. The basis of almost all reconstructions was the skeleton of a Neanderthal man discovered in 1908 in the cave of Bufia-Boneval, which is located in the French commune of La Chapelle-o-Seine. Looking at the first reconstruction, the artists began to portray them slouching - that they could walk straight, seriously, few people thought.

When studying the skeleton of a Neanderthal groupresearchers found that his lumbar spine and neck were curved, just like modern humans. Continuing the study with the help of computer reconstruction, scientists found out that between the ancient and the modern people there is another common feature - this is the location of the sacrum. On the remains, wear of the hip joint is also noticeable, which also indicates a straight posture.

Evidence that the Neanderthals had a fundamentally different from us anatomy, almost none. It's time to recognize that between them and modern people there were many similar features.

Martin Hausler, lead author

Recently, scientists have made many discoveries,concerning the life of Neanderthals. For example, recently archaeologists managed to find the footprint of one of the most recent representatives of this type of people. Also, scientists were able to find out what they ate.

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