Neanderthals' ugly faces weren't adaptations to cold

 作者:佴搭     |      日期:2019-03-07 06:13:11
NEANDERTHALS, bless’em, were never going to win any beauty contests. Now scans of their skulls show their robust faces, with wide noses and prominent cheekbones, weren’t even adaptations to the cold. The Neanderthal face shape was thought to be a result of the growth of large sinuses, which warm inhaled air. To find out how big their sinuses were, Todd Rae at Roehampton University in London and colleagues analysed data from X-rays and 3D CT scans of Neanderthal skulls. When the team compared these scans with those of the skulls of Homo sapiens from temperate regions,