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Tango01 In the TMP Dawghouse10 Dec 2018 12:39 p.m. PST

……thought they were, study says

"Neanderthals may not have sported the barrel-chested bodies and hunched posture we see in museums and textbooks, according to a new study.

The first 3D virtual reconstruction of a Neanderthal ribcage has revealed that they had straighter spines and a greater lung capacity than modern humans. The findings about the Neanderthal, also spelled Neandertal, were published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

"Neandertals are closely related to us with complex cultural adaptations much like those of modern humans, but their physical form is different from us in important ways," said Patricia Kramer, corresponding study author and professor in the University of Washington department of anthropology. "Understanding their adaptations allows us to understand our own evolutionary path better."…."
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