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September 9 2012

Capacity for language implied by right-handedness in Neanderthals


Like modern humans, most Neanderthals were right handed, adding to the weight of evidence regarding their capacity for language.

In a new analysis, published in the open journal PLoS ONE, of the skeleton of a 20 year old Neanderthal man dubbed “Regourdou“ discovered in 1957 near the famous Lascaux cave, the researchers confirmed that he had been right-handed like most of his European cousins whose remains have also been studied.

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