Water tubing accidents, table run-ins cause Neandertal-like injuries

Analysis shows that comparing ancient and modern bone breaks yields little insight into hominids’ everyday dangers


NOT NEANDERTALS  Among a broad range of sports activities, water tubing produces an excess of upper-body injuries most similar to the pattern seen on Neandertal fossils, researchers say. This finding highlights the futility of trying to understand Stone Age behavior with comparisons with modern pursuits.

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