“He was no Neanderthal,” says former U.S. senator Richard Bryan.
Scientists extract complete Neanderthal genome from fossil—97 percent match to A&E programming.
Early on, the sexual protagonist complains that her Molson-drinking husband is pretty much an incompetent Neanderthal.
The Neanderthal brain was powerful, but lacking a high-capacity memory, “forever trapped in the now,” according to Malone.
If you think of yourself as more than a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal, you can stand up and be respectful.
That is at least an acceptable sketch of a Neanderthal squatting-place.
In truth, the Neanderthal cranium has most extraordinary characters.
Neanderthal man had a very large head with heavy, overhanging eyebrows meeting above the nose, and a markedly retreating forehead.
In stature, no important divergence from the Neanderthal type can be noted.
He was very nearly as much below the Neanderthal man as he was below the normal European.
1861, in reference to a type of extinct hominid, from German Neanderthal "Neander Valley," name of a gorge near Düsseldorf where humanoid fossils were identified in 1856. The place name is from the Graecized form of Joachim Neumann (literally "new man," Greek *neo-ander), 1650-1680, German pastor, poet and hymn-writer, who made this a favorite spot in the 1670s. Adopting a classical form of one's surname was a common practice among educated Germans in this era. As a noun, by 1915; as a type f a big, brutish, stupid person from 1926.
|Neanderthal (nē-ān'dər-thôl', -tôl') or Neandertal |
An extinct variety of human that lived throughout Europe and in parts of western Asia and northern Africa during the late Pleistocene Epoch, until about 30,000 years ago. Neanderthals had a stocky build and large skulls with thick eyebrow ridges and big teeth. They usually lived in caves, made flaked stone tools, and were the earliest humans known to bury their dead. Neanderthals were either a subspecies of modern humans (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) or a separate, closely related species (Homo neanderthalensis). They coexisted with early modern humans (Cro-Magnons) for several thousand years before becoming extinct, but are not generally believed to have interbred with them. See also Mousterian.
Note: The term Neanderthal is sometimes used to refer to a person who is thought to have primitive or unenlightened ideas: “I tried talking politics to Joe, but he's a real Neanderthal.”