By the standards of the Paleolithic age, members of Homo neanderthalensis were the height of sophistication. These ancient hominins ranged across Europe and parts of Asia for more than 300,000 years, producing tools, jewelry and impressive cave creations. They cared for their sick and elderly. They perhaps even performed a primitive kind of dentistry.
"Humans Didn't Outsmart the Neanderthals. We Just Outlasted Them." is from the November 01, 2017 Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.