Neandertal kids were a lot like kids today — at least in how they grew

Skeleton from almost 8-year-old shows that growth of the child’s brain, spine lagged a bit

partial Neandertal skeleton

GROW UP  A Neandertal’s partial skeleton found in Spain comes from a 7.7-year-old child who grew at a rate much like that of youngsters today, scientists report. However, the ancient youngster displays relatively slow backbone and brain development in comparison with present-day kids.

Paleoanthropology Group MNCN-CSIC

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