Neanderthals speak for first time in 50,000 years

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Neanderthals have spoken out for the first time since they were wiped out or outcompeted by our ancestors tens of millennia ago.

It may only sound like one small burp, but for scientists the Neanderthal "E" sound marks a 50,000 year step back in time.

Prof Robert McCarthy, an anthropologist at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton has used Neanderthal vocal tracts reconstructed from fossils to simulate the voice with a synthesizer, reports

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