|Date:||June 23rd, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)|| |
Neanderthal Man is an interesting character based on the fragmentary remains we have of him. Healthy Neanderthal males in their prime averaged a height of around 5' 6" and weighed about 175 pounds. Their bones were much heavier than ours and they were very muscular. Neanderthal's handshake could shatter all of the bones in a modern man's hand.
Neanderthal's brain was larger than most modern human brains, and he may have survived for more than 200,000 years, which in a way makes him more successful than us. He may not have really died out completely if we evolved from him or if he bred with our ancestors.
Some experts think Neanderthal made and played flutes. Music is a form of mathematics so the Neanderthal brain may have had more to it than we realize.