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Ice age fashion showdown: Neanderthal capes versus human hoodies

Ice age fashion showdown: Neanderthal capes versus human hoodies

New Scientist

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Early modern humans dressed for ice age success – Neanderthals, not so much. An analysis of animal remains at prehistoric hominin sites across Europe suggests modern humans clad themselves in snug, fur-trimmed clothing, while Neanderthals probably opted for simple capes.

Even so, the finding suggests our extinct cousin was far more sophisticated than once thought.

Some researchers argue that Neanderthals didn’t bother with clothes at all, others that they dressed in much the same way as early members of our speciesMark Collard at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada, and his colleagues think the truth lies somewhere in between. Read more on newscientist.com…