Neanderthal Males Had Unusually Large Arms, Research Suggests
July 7, 2010
Russia (ChattahBox) – Researchers at the Russian Academy of Scientists have conducted research into the body structures of neanderthals, and the results have shown abnormally strong, large arms created by strange hormone levels.
The paper, which was published in Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology of Eurasia, says that there were shockingly high amounts of hormones in the males of the species, at levels significantly higher than any you would find in today’s men.
These levels, which were probably caused by the all-meat diet of the time, produced super-strength held in large, pumped up arms.
“The common method for killing animals was direct contact with the victim,” research lead Maria Mednikova told Discovery. This statement clearly demonstrates how strong a neanderthal would have to be, in order to wrestle down the large animals that commonly provided food.
Not only were they stronger, but the right arm seems to have been larger and stronger than the left, while females have big, but evenly matches and less muscular, arms.
“Neanderthals were characterized not only by peculiar biomechanical adaptations, but also by a specific hormonal condition which has no close parallels among modern human hormonal conditions either normal or pathological,” the study claims.