or Neanderthal man or Neandertal man plural Neandertals or Neanderthal men or Neandertal men: a hominid (Homo neanderthalensis synonym H. sapiens neanderthalensis) known from skeletal remains in Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia that lived from about 30,000 to 200,000 years ago
: a person who suggests a caveman in appearance, mentality, or behavior
… heckled by a bunch of Neanderthals …—Bonitta Best
But the man is also not a Neanderthal. His mother was an English teacher, and her son quotes Henry David Thoreau …—Seth Emerson
I can't believe I was married to that Neanderthal for three years.
Some Neanderthals continue to resist the education reform bill.
Recent Examples on the WebThis all led the scientists to concludes that the most important genetic risk factor for Dupuytren’s disease is the lingering role of Neanderthal ancestry.—Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2023 At some point, a Neanderthal with a sharpened, wooden spear stepped forward to strike the fatal blow – or at least wound the lion severely.—Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 2 Nov. 2023 Newsletter Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
Genetic variants inherited from Neanderthals make modern-day people more likely to suffer pain when poked with a stick, geneticists have found.—Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2023 Bones of cave lions from thousands of years ago indicate that Neanderthals may have been capable of hunting the large predators, and that our relatives may have used the hides for cultural purposes.—Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Oct. 2023 Armed with these Neanderthal and Denisovan genomes, scientists could compare them to people today and look for chunks of DNA that match.—Maddie Burakoff, Fortune, 26 Sep. 2023 Yet Neanderthals living in warm, wet environs had tooth-wear patterns similar to those of agricultural peoples who eat lots of fibrous plants.—Manvir Singh, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 Published in Molecular Biology and Evolution by Oxford University Press, the new paper ties Dupuytren’s disease to Neanderthals through the use of data gathered from modern-day humans.—Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2023 The Trouble with Ancient Art Most prehistoric paintings that have been attributed to Neanderthals haven’t offered such strong evidence of their origins.—Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2023 See More
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: a primate mammal that belongs to the same family as human beings, lived from about 30,000 to 200,000 years ago, is known from skeletal remains in Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia, and is characterized especially by a stocky muscular build and prominent browridge
called alsoNeanderthal man
: one who suggests a caveman in appearance, behavior, or intelligence