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Neanderthals – did they have better eyesight than we do?

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Biology A level students ran a stall at the Cambridge Science Festival in March looking at all things visual – from stunning optical illusions to a comparison of human and Neanderthal brains (Neanderthals had a bigger primary visual cortex at the posterior end of the brain – which might have meant that they had better eyesight than we do) to an intriguing reading test which jumbles all the letters in a word except for the first and last. Of the just over 200 people who tried the test, 98% managed to read it.