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• Classified as either Homo neanderthalensis or Homo sapiens neanderthalensis
• Fossil evidence dates as recently as 30 kya
• Tools date as recently as 22 kya
• Almost exclusively carnivorous
Lapedo Child • Found in Portugal • Given a ceremonial burial with pierced shell and red ochre • Was alive approximately 24.5 kya • Dental and pubic proportions say early modern human • Body proportions like leg bone length ratios say Neanderthal • Indicates mixture or ancestral pattern for late Pleistocene European humans • But the presence of a certain uniquely derived feature of Early Modern Humans refutes this • Dating and Burial style indicate child is the result of extensively admixing populations