UCL Division of Biosciences


Neanderthal growth patterns revealed

23 September 2017

Ontogenetic studies help us understand the processes of evolutionary change but no one single system defines the ontogeny of an individual.

Previous studies of Neanderthals have focused more on the pace than the pattern of growth. Thirteen genetically related Neanderthals have been recovered from the 49 ky site of El Sidrón, Asturias, Spain, including a new juvenile partial skeleton for which there is associated dental, cranial and postcranial material.

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