Listen&Learn: NeanderthalsPosted by: Jaksyn Peacock
- extinction: the death of an entire species
- species: a group of similar living things
- fossil: the remains of a prehistoric creature
- originate: to come from a certain place
- migrate: to move from one place to another
- interbreed: to reproduce with another species
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- Neanderthals aren’t the only related species that existed at the same time as early humans. In 2008, fossils of another human-like species were found in Russia. This species is now called the Denisovans. Do you think it’s possible that there are even more species that coexisted with humans?
The Neanderthals were a relative of humans that lived in Eurasia until their extinction around 28,000 years ago. The first Neanderthal fossil was found in Belgium in 1829, but scientists did not know what it was. They only learned that the fossil came from a species similar to humans in 1856. Neanderthals were an intelligent species – possibly as intelligent as humans. It’s hard to know if they used language, but many scientists believe it’s likely. Today, most people have some Neanderthal DNA, especially people who originate from Europe or Asia. This is because many early humans migrated from Africa to Europe around 40,000 years ago. When they got there, they interbred with the Neanderthals. In fact, some scientists believe that the Neanderthals only went extinct because they were absorbed into the human population.
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Prehistory is so interesting and that story too !
I learn new knowledges by this topic
It is a great subject.I have learnt a lot of the similar specie to humams.
WOW, great. learning something early this morning really made my day. thank you so much. i’ve learned a lot.
I’m enjoying this script a lot
The King Of Love From IRAN says:
It was so interesting to me.
Thank you for sharing it with us,
I didn’t listen to the podcast, I just read the text, and I considerJaksyn Peacock’s sentence structure and choice of vocabulary ie written English, surprisingly poor (even moreso surprisingly that it’s being presented on an English learner’s website).
Sorry that I couldn’t leave a positive comment.
Jeanette LaVoix says:
Interesting range of subjects.