‘Neanderthals’ At The Natural History Museum Of Denmark, Copenhagen

(ORDO NEWS) — What percentage of Neanderthal are you? Soon, you will be able to go face to face with your closest extinct relatives, the Neanderthals. Based on new research, the exhibition gives you a new and nuanced look at the Neanderthals, their lives and their encounter with modern man.

The Neanderthals prepared food from plants and used tools, they went fishing and hunting, they lived in social networks with strong family and friendship ties, they adorned themselves with seashells and took care of the sick and vulnerable in their group. All of which we recognize from our own species Homo sapiens.

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Mammoth skeleton in the exhibition Neanderthals
[Credit: Moesgaard Museum]

The exhibition challenges the stereotype of the Neanderthals as our primitive, prehistoric cousins. It invites you back in time to the world of Neanderthals, where you can experience both mammoth hunting, the safety of the shelter, and the daily routines of the family.

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The rare Lehringen spear, one of the world’s best preserved wooden spears used for
hunting 120.000 years ago and found in the chest cavity of a forest elephant,
in the exhibition Neanderthals [Credit: Moesgaard Museum]

In this, a picture of the Neanderthals emerges as resourceful and capable of surviving in a world marked by great dangers and climate change. Nevertheless, around 40,000 years ago it was all over. The Neanderthals became extinct, just like approx. 23 other human species through time. Only we, Homo sapiens, are left and and must consider our next steps to secure our future on Earth.

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Björklund’s beautiful illustrations of Neanderthals children come to life
in the exhibition Neanderthals [Credit: Moesgaard Museum]

Exhibition Highlights

– The Lehringen spear – one of the world’s best preserved wooden spears used for hunting 120.000 years ago and found in the chest cavity of a forest elephant

– Mammoth skeleton – one of the Neanderthals’ favorite hunting prey

– Stone tools from the Neanderthals

– The skeleton of a large cave bear and other Ice Age animals from Denmark’s natural history collections

– People of the Ice Age – workshop with activities for the whole family

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Girl looking at illustrations of Neanderthals children at the exhibition Neanderthals
[Credit: Moesgaard Museum]

The exhibition was originally developed by Moesgaard Museum and adapted by the Natural History Museum of Denmark. This is the first time that the two major museums are working together to create a visitor experience completely out of the ordinary.

The exhibition is slated to begin 29 April 2022 and will run until 19 February 2023

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