by Amy Goodrich
Neanderthals are our closest extinct relatives. They left Africa some 200,000 years ago to venture into Eurasia long before humans did. It is believed that, for a while, Neanderthals and our early human ancestors lived alongside each other in Europe. While Neanderthals looked quite similar to us, they are often thought of as our dumber, more brute caveman relatives.
New research, however, has discovered that they may have been more intelligent than we think. While antibiotics and painkillers are often touted as the miracles of modern medicine, it appears that our early relatives were using them tens of thousands of years before we first discovered them. Continue reading