A Repast for Neanderthal

Those cave dwellers had cannibalistic appetites

After the discovery of the first Neanderthal bones in the mid-19th century, these beetle-browed, chinless cave dwellers who lived from 125,000 to 35,000 years ago were dismissed as primitive apelike brutes. But contemporary science saw them in a better light. With brains as large as ours, they apparently cared for their sick, made simple jewelry and buried their dead--perhaps in quasi-religious ceremonials. Now, however, we may have to revert to the more savage image. According to a report in last week's Science, at least some Neanderthals butchered, ate and disposed of their kin as if they were so much slaughtered game.


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