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Study: Neanderthals organized their households

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DENVER - A new study suggests that Neanderthals organized their living spaces in ways that are similar to modern humans.

The new study led by the assistant professor of anthropology, Julien Riel-Salvatore at the University of Colorado Denver, is more evidence Neanderthals were more sophisticated than many have given them credit for.

The findings were published in the latest edition of the Canadian Journal of Archaeology. It shows Neanderthals butchered animals, made tools and gathered round the fire in different parts of their shelters.

The study is based on excavations of Riparo Bombrini, a collapsed rock shelter in northwest Italy where Neanderthals and later early humans lived for thousands of years.

The goal of the study is to compare how the two groups organized their space.

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