- A member of a group of ancient humans that lived in Europe and western Asia from about 200,000 to 30,000 years ago.
- A primitive or uncivilized person.
- A person who is outdated or out of touch with modern culture.
Late 19th century: from neander valley in germany, where bones of the first specimen were found + -thal, after homo neanderthalensis, the species name.
- The discovery of a neanderthal skull in a cave in Spain was a major scientific breakthrough.
- His attitudes and beliefs were often seen as neanderthal by his friends and colleagues.
- She was considered a neanderthal by her classmates because of her conservative views.
- The neanderthal culture was characterized by the use of stone tools and the hunting of large mammals.
- The researchers believe that the neanderthals may have interbred with early modern humans.