Modern human skull (left) and Neanderthal skull (right) at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 2008. Wikimedia Commons

Neanderthal DNA Influences the Looks and Behavior of Modern Humans

New studies strengthen the evidence that Neanderthals have a genetic impact on everything from bad habits to good cholesterol in people today.

The landscape around Mezmaiskaya Cave in southern Russia. Алексей Комаров
Neanderthal man on display at the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany. | Iain Masterton
Homo naledi facial reconstruction. Cicero Moraes