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Dam put on hold

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His name is a common term of abuse. It's time Neanderthal man got a better press, argues Colin Tudge

Never have human beings been more notoriously abused than the Neanderthals. They bestrode the Near East and Europe for hundreds of thousands of years, beleaguering the mammoths and outfacing the giant cave bears while, in the north, they survived fearsome encroachments of ice. In the end - 35,000 years ago - they were ousted only by other human beings: our own modern ancestors, who evidently arrived in Europe from the south about 40,000 years ago. But ever since the first Neanderthal skeletons were discovered in the 19th century, scientists and popular commentators alike have queued up to insult them.

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Letter: Modern rites at Stonehenge

Sir: Reading the controversy over the religious value of Stonehenge (Letters, 28 June) brought to mind the observation that so much of religion lies in the mummification of the culturally obsolete.

Confusion over Stonehenge solstice

Police and security guards at Stonehenge in Wiltshire were outwitted by a 150-strong group of travellers and druids yesterday who managed to occupy the ancient monument.

SCIENCE: BRAINBOX

ONE OF the greatest mysteries of the brain is how and why it evolved. There is little doubt that it is the supreme achievement of natural selection, the force that drives evolution. The human brain has quite literally transformed life on Earth. How did this occur?

Prehistoric site for sacrifices found in Dales

A unique 3,000-year-old prehistoric religious complex has been discovered high in the Yorkshire Dales. The site, which includes evidence of probable human and animal sacrifice, is on a plateau flanked by steep cliffs in Upper Wharfedale, about 30

Dam threatens Stone Age carvings

DOZENS of rare Stone Age carvings in a remote area of Portugal are posing a problem for the Portuguese government.

Tool Box: You'll have a ball with this barrow

BARROWS of one sort or another must be the oldest of wheeled vehicles. The basic principle has not changed since prehistoric toilers realised it was a good way to transport heavy and bulky objects.

World heritage status sought for Stone Age site: Discovery at Boxgrove 30 times bigger than thought

ONE OF Europe's oldest Stone Age sites - which hit the headlines earlier this summer when archaeologists found a 500,000-year-old human bone there - may be at least 30 times bigger than has so far been revealed.

Bronze Age vision of a 20th century man: Jocelyn Stevens, chairman of English Heritage, wants to transform Stonehenge into a purer, prehistoric experience. Oliver Gillie reports

DAWN at Stonehenge, and as the first rays of sun began to show on the horizon Jocelyn Stevens, chairman of English Heritage, paced about restlessly. Stonehenge is his responsibility and he has a vision of how the site could be transformed to provide a purer experience devoid of the 20th century clutter that spoils it.

Mine rescue

Two youths who slid 100ft down a rope to explore a prehistoric flint mine had to be rescued by a specialist fire brigade team in Dover, Kent.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science: Stone Age exit from Africa revised

OUR Stone Age ancestors went for a walkabout almost a million years earlier than was thought, according to an anthropologist.

Dear Bill Wyman: An older dad tells the 57-year-old Rolling Stone to lie back and think of his forthcoming fatherhood with pleasure, not guilt

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