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Neandertal’s brawny arm suggests language

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Research confirming that a Neandertal was right-handed could suggest a capacity for language, a new study shows.

Handedness—a uniquely human trait—signals brain lateralization. The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and plays a role in language.

So, the University of Kansas researchers conclude, if Neandertals were primarily right-handed, they may have also had a capacity for language.

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