• The view of Neanderthal life as unusually violent and dangerous relies largely on case studies of Neanderthal skeletons that showed a high number of injuries, especially head injuries. As possible causes for these injuries, scholars have pointed to violent social behavior, the risks of a highly mobile hunter-gatherer lifestyle in difficult Ice Age conditions and attacks by carnivorous animals such as bears or hyenas. Neanderthals are thought to have used close-range, non-projectile hunting weapons, like thrusting spears, which would have brought them dangerously close to their prey.
    The view of Neanderthal life as unusually violent and dangerous relies largely on case studies of Neanderthal skeletons that showed a high number of injuries, especially head injuries. As possible causes for these injuries, scholars have pointed to violent social behavior, the risks of a highly mobile hunter-gatherer lifestyle in difficult Ice Age conditions and attacks by carnivorous animals such as bears or hyenas. Neanderthals are thought to have used close-range, non-projectile hunting weapons, like thrusting spears, which would have brought them dangerously close to their prey.
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