Dederiyeh 1

Growing up human-style

This skull is from the skeleton of a two-year-old Neanderthal who grew at a rate similar to that of modern humans, with a long childhood. We can tell this because the leg bones of this child are about the same length as those of a modern two-year-old, indicating that this young Neanderthal was growing at a modern human rate. As childhood lengthened, parents devoted more time and energy to caring for the young.

Image of Dederiyeh 2, skull, 3/4 view
Dederiyeh 1
Exhibit item
Site: 
Dederiyeh, Syria
Date of discovery: 
1993
Discovered by: 
A team led by Takeru Akazawa
Age: 
Between 70,000 and 50,000 years old
Text: 
<bold>Growing up human-style</bold> This skull is from the skeleton of a two-year-old Neanderthal who grew at a rate similar to that of modern humans, with a long childhood. We can tell this because the leg bones of this child are about the same length as those of a modern two-year-old, indicating that this young Neanderthal was growing at a modern human rate. As childhood lengthened, parents devoted more time and energy to caring for the young.