UCL Division of Biosciences


Neanderthals sprinted in Ice Age woodlands

29 January 2019

Genetics, Evolution and Environment

Neanderthals lived in much warmer climates than previously thought, with bodies that supported sprinting rather than distance running according to a new study co-authored by Professor Mark Thomas and Dr Yoan Diekmann.
The finding challenges the assumption that Neanderthals were a branch of the human family tree that was specifically adapted to cold, open tundra-like environments.


Read full article: Neanderthals sprinted in Ice Age woodlands
Read full paper: Palaeoecological and genetic evidence for Neanderthal power locomotion as an adaptation to a woodland environment
Authors: JR Stewart, O García-Rodríguez, MV Knul, L Sewell, H Montgomery, MG Thomas, Y Diekmann