Neanderthals and Humans

This phrase, unqualified, needs to disappear. It is particularly disappointing to see it in scientific journals. We know it means ‘Neanderthals and modern humans’ but as it reads the implication is that Neanderthals are not human, or at very least, less human than Homo sapiens. So please – it’s an extra word, but it makes all the difference – ‘Neanderthals and modern humans’ from now on.

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