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Neanderthal brought back

An expert in facial reconstruction from the University of Dundee has helped bring Neanderthals back to life, showing how our ancient ancestors might have looked 50,000 years ago


Dr Christopher Rynn, from the University of Dundee’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, featured in Neanderthals: Meet Your Ancestors alongside Hollywood star Andy Serkis, co-founder of digital performance-capture studio The Imaginarium, when the twopart production premiered on BBC2 in May.

The programme’s presenter, Ella Al-Shamahi, a ‘rising star’ in the field of Neanderthal research, took a fossil Neanderthal skull found in Iraq to Dr Rynn for his expert evaluation. He was able to reconstruct the face using clues from the bone structure of the Neanderthal, known as Ned.

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About History Scotland

History Scotland launches a ground-breaking new series - The Stewart Queens of Scotland, providing a window in the lives of the little-known Stewart queens. Enjoy a range of news, expert articles and commentary, covering centuries of Scottish history and archaeology. Highlights include: * Queen Victoria's trip to the Clyde * New history of art with National Galleries Scotland * The legend of Lovat's Scouts * Discovery of a rare antler t-axe