The exhibits at the Neanderthal Museum in Mettman, Germany, show the history of the Neanderthal and the original discovery of the Neanderthal skeleton along with five thematic areas in chronological order, including “Life and Survival”, “Tools and Knowledge”, “Myth and Religion”, “Environment and Nourishment” and “Communication and Society”. Part of the exhibit talks about the evolution of teeth and jaws in relation to a change in the Neanderthal’s diet.
Neanderthals are one branch of the human evolutionary tree that are thought to have died out approximately 36,000 years ago. Our own species shared a common ancestor with Neanderthals, but did not evolve from them. Just in case you didn’t already know that. Well, now you do.