Neandertal Physical Differences

Neandertal-human skull comparison

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The Neandertal skull is quite different from a modern human skull. The brain case is squashed in the Neandertal. The skull also features a receding forehead and receding chin. Neandertals had large eye sockets, a prominent brow ridge, and large front teeth. There was a large retromolar gap between the last molar and the lower jaw, and an occipital bun (bump) at the back of the skull.

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  1. Christopher Stringer and Robin McKie, African Exodus. The Origins of Modern Humanity (New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 1996), pp. 85-114.
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