Who were the Neanderthals?

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THE Neanderthals were none other than our closest human relatives! Yes, you read that right.

Having lived throughout Europe and Asia in the Pleistocene Epoch (read: Ice Age), it is estimated that these human-like beings were around approximately 200 000 years ago.

Neanderthals looked quite like modern human; they were shorter and stockier, had barrel chests and large noses, to adapt themselves in the cold climate. Scientists suggest that the Neanderthals lived like us, in nuclear families.

They took care of the elderly, and those who were not able to self care. It is also believed that they buried their dead. The Neanderthals created and used various stone-based tools, controlled fire, made and wore clothes and enjoyed music.

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