Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Mystery of Neanderthal Nostrils

"The $64,000 question is what sinuses do — that is, what is their biological function. Scientists have been arguing over that for hundreds of years," researcher Todd Rae, a paleoanthropologist at Roehampton University in London, wrote in an e-mail. "There are dozens of suggestions for what they may do for the animals that have them, including adding resonance to the voice and acting as flotation devices!"

Essentially, all the assumptions made regarding Neanderthals (where they came from or how their anatomical differences, compared to humans, made them special), are usually wrong. I can't wait till scholars stop calling them Cannibals.

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