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How are Neanderthals superior to modern humans?

Ancient and modern people are very different -It's not just about looks, it's about lifestyle. Our distant ancestors had a flattened face with a massive lower jaw, were taller than us and had long arms. They could not live alone, because they could be easily killed by predatory animals - life in a group was preferable. They also did not have speech, and they communicated with gestures and various sounds, much like animals. Modern people are tens or even hundreds of times cooler than the ancients, it would be stupid to think differently: we are no longer afraid of predators, we live longer, we develop amazing technologies, and so on. But, at the same time, ancient people had some advantages, which we will talk about now.

In some aspects, ancient people were cooler than modern ones.


  • 1 Ancient people were not afraid of the sun
  • 2 Ancient people were stronger than modern people
  • 3 Ancient people were less likely to die from cancer
  • 4 How did ancient people live?

Ancient people were not afraid of the sun

The sun for modern man is a sourcegood mood and vitamin D. But, at the same time, sunlight makes us languish from the heat, and sometimes leads to burns. If you stay in the sun for a long time without using a protective cream, it can generally cause deadly skin diseases. Of course, do not forget about the need to wear hats - without them, you can easily suffer from sunstroke.

People love the sun, but its light can be very damaging to health.

But how did ancient people survive under the sun when they did not have protective creams and hats? Scientists believe that they were protected by a high level eumelanin a pigment that gives the skin its brown orblack color. It has the property of absorbing most of the visible light and harmful ultraviolet radiation. But as people got roofed houses and good clothes, the protection of the skin from the sun began to weaken.

Ancient people had good protection from the sun

Ancient people were stronger than modern

In 2014, scientists conducted a study and cameto the conclusion that ancient people were stronger than modern athletes. Think for yourself: our ancestors had to walk for many kilometers, climb trees, hunt animals with spears, and so on - a daily workout that modern people could not even dream of! Thanks to constant physical activity, our ancestors could really give odds to even the strongest representatives of the current generation.

Ancient people had huge muscles

Compared to ordinary people, our ancestorsin general, they would seem strong men - it would not cost them anything to knock out anyone they met. Unfortunately, along with the development of technology, modern people began to move less. Some people go to the gym regularly, but most people spend a lot of time on the computer and eat junk food. Hence the majority of illnesses and weakness.

Related article: Why a sedentary lifestyle is dangerous and what to do about it

Ancient people were less likely to die from cancer

According to WHO, today cancer is one of theleading causes of death worldwide. In 2020, this group of diseases claimed the lives of 10 million people. Ancient people were less likely to get cancer, but there were still such cases - once scientists found the remains of a 12-year-old Australopithecus, who died of this terrible disease 2 million years ago.

Ancient people led a healthier lifestyle than we do

Scientists believe that ancient people were less likely to suffer fromcancer because they led a more active and healthy lifestyle. Modern people live in cities with dirty air, eat fast food and move little - all this greatly increases the likelihood of developing a dangerous disease. However, this may also be due to the fact that ancient people died earlier, and cancer simply did not have time to develop. Which version do you believe more? Write in the comments.

How did ancient people live?

Perhaps these are all the advantages of ancient people overmodern - the others could not be found. In general, the life of our ancestors was very harsh: they could easily become victims of predators, suffer from parasites contained in raw meat, get very cold in the cold, and so on. But, over time, life became easier, because people learned how to make fire, build warm dwellings, make durable tools, and so on.

We can’t even imagine how difficult the life of ancient people was.

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Finally, I note that we have material aboutAzzo Bassow - a man who in the 20th century was considered the last Neanderthal in the world. You can find out if he really was a representative of ancient people at this link.