Neanderthal kids were a lot like kids today — at least in how they grew


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A Neandertal child whose partial skeleton dates to around 49,000 years ago grew at the same pace as children do today, with a couple of exceptions. Growth of the child’s spine and brain lagged, a new study finds.

It’s unclear, though, whether developmental slowing in those parts of the body applied only to Neandertals or to Stone Age Homo sapiens as well. If so, environmental conditions at the time — which are currently hard to specify — may have reduced the pace of physical development similarly in both Homospecies.

Read Article:  https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertal-kids-were-lot-kids-today-least-how-they-grew