Creating a lifelike Neanderthal


A team of international experts has been rebuilding our most iconic ancient ancestors from the bones up, for the BBC Two series Prehistoric Autopsy.

They start with our closest prehistoric relative - a Neanderthal from 70,000 years ago. A team of model makers spent months painstakingly reconstructing the skeleton, muscles, skin and hair - using a skeleton that was discovered in France over a century ago as their starting point.

Prehistoric Autopsy is on BBC Two at 21:00 on Mon 22, Tue 23 and Wed 24 October. See all three programmes including episode 1 on Neanderthals via iPlayer (UK only) or see more clips at the above link.

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