Neanderthal faces were not adapted to cold
- Neanderthal faces were not adapted to cold
PhysOrg.com [USA], January 17, 2011
New research into Neanderthal skulls suggests that facial features
believed for over a century to be adaptations to extreme cold are
unlikely to have evolved in response to glacial periods after all.
Neanderthal faces had prominent cheekbones and wide noses previously
thought to have developed in extremely cold periods because large
sinuses were needed to warm air as it was inhaled. One problem with this
theory is that modern people such as the Inuits, and other mammals
living in Arctic regions have not developed large sinuses, and their
sinuses are often smaller, and another problem is that it has never been
proven that Neanderthal sinuses were larger.