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Artist's rendering of a Neanderthal settlement.

Leiden University researchers have used computer models to identify the locations of Western European Neanderthal settlements.

Credit: universiteitleiden.nl

Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands used computer models to identify the locations of Western European Neanderthal settlements, gaining new insights into the ancient hominids' way of life.

Leiden archaeologist Fulco Sherjon trained the HomininSpace program on data from 83 Neanderthal sites, along with 470 precise datings of a Neanderthal presence.

HomininSpace compared this data with the results of about 40,000 simulations.

The simulations' results suggested the Neanderthals likely produced many children, and tended to move around in relatively small groups.

Said Sherjon, "The program is generic in design, so you can also use it to analyze hominids or top predators—animals at the top of the food chain."

From Leiden University (The Netherlands)
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