Physical Differences Between Neandertals and Humans

  • Foramen magnunElongated foramen magnum (right)

  • Medial pterygoid tubercle

  • Flatter skull base

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Instead of a nearly round foramen magnum, Neandertals have one that is elongated.


Foramen magnum
The area where the spine joins the skull.
Medial pterygoid tubercle
A small rounded nodule on the Pterygoid bone in the roof of the mouth connecting the palatine bone in front and the quadrate bone behind.
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