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Neanderthals of the North

Flexible adaptation to changing environmental conditions

A multidisciplinary research team from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the Leuphana University Lüneburg, the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) and other partner institutions investigated whether Neanderthals were well adapted to life in the cold or preferred more temperate environmental conditions. Based on investigations in Lichtenberg in the Wendland region (Lower Saxony, Germany), the researchers showed that during the last Ice Age, Neanderthals visited their northernmost settlement areas even during cold phases – albeit preferably in the summer months.

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