A rock structure, built deep underground, is one of the earliest hominin constructions ever found.
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Cultural bias is hard to escape. Recorded history often suffers from the bias of historians. The “rehabilitation” of the Neanderthal species is an interesting case study. Scientific conclusions were drawn from very little data. The bias that modern humans must, by definition, be more intelligent, spiritual and “human” has prevailed for decades. Long considered an inferior, brutish and “less human” species, this new find in France is challenging long held assumptions about Neanderthals who lived 176,500 years ago, give or take a few millennia.