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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Morphological Processes That Distinguish Neandertal & Modern Human Faces

Thanks to John McNalty of Uncertain Times for this article:

A new open access paper in Nature Communications, “Ontogeny of the Maxilla in Neanderthals and their Ancestors,” describes for the first time the developmental processes that differentiate Neanderthal facial skeletons from those of modern humans. As may known humans and Neandertals have different faces but recent advances in ancient genetics have brought to light the depth of admixture and raised discussion that maybe we should not consider the two distinct branches of the human family tree. The paper states that based upon facial growth patterns, Neandertals and humans are indeed sufficiently distinct from one another...

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