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February 23, 2018 - 12:30pm
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Scientists Who Doubt Neanderthal Art Must Reckon With New Evidence From These Sweet Cave Paintings

Back in 2012, archaeologists concluded that a series of cave paintings in Spain were created by Neanderthals, not early humans as was previously assumed. Critics complained about the dating method used, and more contentiously, claimed that only modern humans had the capacity for symbolic thought. Now, using an updated dating technique, scientists have shown yet again that Neanderthals are the most likely source of the paintings—but will it be enough to finally dispel outdated notions of Neanderthal intelligence? Read More >>

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Ofcom’s Told BT it has to Share its Telegraph Poles With Other Internet Providers

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Sadiq Khan Declares Driverless Tube Trains “Madness”

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The Government Confirms Support for Opt-Out Organ Donation Bill

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It Looks Like Apple’s AirPower Will be Released Next Month

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London’s Night Overground Extends to Highbury & Islington Tonight

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