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Neanderthal faces were not adapted to cold

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  • robert-blau@webtv.net
    Neanderthal faces were not adapted to cold PhysOrg.com [USA], January 17, 2011 New research into Neanderthal skulls suggests that facial features believed for
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2011
      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.

      http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-neanderthal-cold.html
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