Forget what you know about simpleminded cavemen. Scientists have discovered that Neanderthal diets were sophisticated, their tools efficient, and their development more similar to ours than researchers ever imagined.
Apparently, they were skillfully exploiting the diverse dietary riches of their coastal environment around 40,000 years ago—some 10,000 years before the ancestors of modern humans ever set foot on the peninsula.
The next cooking reality show would be the Chef Neanderthal.
One anthropologist or computational biologist thinks that modern humans did not interbreed with them. If there was any mating between them, it left no genetic evidence. Neanderthals may have been smart, but it seems they weren’t sexy.