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Neanderthals originated from the Levant, not from Europe

Updated: Jul 2

Context:


The prehistoric population of Neanderthals has been known for years to originate in Europe, a recent study in Israel tells us another story.

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Let's Deep Dive:


Significant findings:

The excavations revealed prehistoric human bones, some stone tools used by them, some animal bones of domesticated aurochs, horses and fallow deer, etc. The researchers excavated the Israeli archaeological site of Nesher Ramla to discover these remains.


The study:

Prof. Israel Hershkovitz(from the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology and the Shmunis Family Anthropology Institute at Tel Aviv University), Dr Yossi Zaidner(from the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa), Dr Rachel Sarig(from the Shmunis Family Anthropology Institute and the Department of Oral Biology at Tel Aviv University) along with another 16 researchers from various institutes like Tel Aviv University, Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle, University of Zurich, American Museum of Natural History, University of Haifa and many others contributed to this archaeological study.