From The Guardian: Neanderthals: not stupid, just different.
The established view of Neanderthals as backward, primitive, ape-like creatures is challenged today by new research showing they used stone tools as successfully as early humans.
A team from the University of Exeter, Southern Methodist University, Texas State University and the Think Tank Corporation spent three years producing stone tools to compare their use.
Their work suggests the tools Neanderthals used were just as efficient, if not more so, than those developed by Homo sapiens. [continue]