Neanderthals and us: we’re not so different

Such an awesome post on Neanderthals.


I cried the first time I saw a Neanderthal. I was 8 years old, sat cross-legged on the wooden floorboards, watching The Land That Time Forgot. Everything around me ceased to exist as I was transported to a world of extinct beasts. This was the film that began my fascination with prehistoric creatures. It also gave me an intense fondness for Neanderthals. Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the film follows a submarine that has travelled drastically off course, ending up in the lost land of Caprona. After exploring this unknown land some of the crew are attacked by a group of Neanderthals. They manage to capture one called Ahm (Ah-mm). We get to know Ahm, and grow very attached to this enigmatic character: he was simple, intelligent, curious, kind and gentle. He was a wonderful addition to the cast, but there was a simplicity in…

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