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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:00 PM

The most accurate model of a Neanderthal yet and he looks just like Chuck Norris

Anthropologists in the UK have constructed a remarkably life-like model of a Neanderthal man from a 70,000 year-old skeleton that was discovered in France over a century ago.

In 1909, scientists discovered the remains of a group of Neanderthals at La Ferrassie cave in the Dordogne region. One of the Neanderthals, which they named La Ferrassie 1, had a skeleton that was particularly well preserved and it was this skeleton that served as the template for the reconstruction. The missing parts the thorax, ribs, pelvis and some spinal pieces were replaced by the bones of a Neanderthal discovered at Kebara Cave in Israel in 1982.

What makes LF1's remains particularly unique is that it features the largest and most complete Neanderthal skull ever found. His leg and foot bones were a revelation to anthropologists at the time as it proved that these hominids walked upright. The skeletal remains also revealed that they were stocky, had strong arms and hands, and they had large skulls that were longer and lower than ours including a sloping forehead and virtually non-existent chin.

The reconstruction itself was performed by a multi-disciplinal team that was comprised of both anthropologists and model makers. And as the BBC reports, the attention to detail was second to none:

The team studied the ways Neanderthals hunted their prey and carried out domestic chores, noting the impact those actions had on their bodies.

They concluded that they would have repeatedly stabbed their prey - the woolly mammoth - with spears, but that the really intense work would have been making garments to survive the cold climate.

A Neanderthal would have needed a new garment every year, which would have been made up of approximately five or six hides. They would have needed to scrape each hide for eight hours to make it wearable.

On the basis of this evidence La Ferrassie 1's muscles, including those in the strong right arm, were reconstructed accordingly and layered on in clay.


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http://io9.com/5954078/scientists-construct-the-most-accurate-model-of-a-neanderthal-yet--including-all-the-naughty-parts
explains a lot of things...

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Reply The most accurate model of a Neanderthal yet and he looks just like Chuck Norris (Original post)
n2doc Oct 2012 OP
valerief Oct 2012 #1
Warpy Oct 2012 #2
greyl Oct 2012 #4
TheMadMonk Oct 2012 #8
greyl Oct 2012 #11
KT2000 Oct 2012 #3
Ichingcarpenter Oct 2012 #5
dipsydoodle Oct 2012 #6
sinkingfeeling Oct 2012 #7
Odin2005 Oct 2012 #9
Posteritatis Oct 2012 #10

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:04 PM

1. OMG, he does!!!!!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:05 PM

2. Other forensic reconstructions have shown

them to be quite human looking, people you wouldn't notice much on the subway. They've done one little kid who was downright cute.

But yeah, this guy looked exactly like Chuck Norris.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:08 PM

4. Well, they are human, after all.

(not modern human/homo sapiens, but human nonetheless)

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Response to greyl (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:24 PM

8. Actually they are. Homo Sapiens Neandethalis.

 

We're Homo Sapiens Sapiens.

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Response to TheMadMonk (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 12:34 AM

11. Cool. That looks like a recent alternate classification according to 1 book.

I have no qualms at all with it, though.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:05 PM

3. It IS Chuck Norris!!

Too funny -

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:15 PM

5. 'there is no extinction'




I just watched the series on BBC with Professor Roberts and its a great series with the latest findings.

Its called Pre historic Autopsy

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:23 PM

6. With a forehead like that

they may well have been the first head butters in history.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:43 PM

7. He certainly does!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:45 PM

9. Holy shit, he does!!!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:32 AM

10. Can't unsee. Thanks for that. (nt)

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