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Crude cavemen or close cousins? Meet the Neanderthals, a species much more like us than we previously thought. Long viewed as primitive creatures, Neanderthals are now recognized by scientists as our equals.

Drawing upon the most recent scientific discoveries, this major exhibition from the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (France) takes a new look at this species of the genus Homo. It brings together, for the first time, exceptional fossils rarely shown to the public from Europe’s most prominent research institutions.

The Neanderthals were great hunters, worked stone, mastered the use of fire and buried their dead. They lived throughout Eurasia for 300,000 years before mysteriously disappearing 30,000 years ago.

An exhibition developed by the Musée national d’histoire naturelle – Musée de l’Homme (France) and adapted by the Canadian Museum of History.

Image credit: Courtesy of Mauro Cutrona