- an unenlightened or ignorant person; barbarian.
- a reactionary; a person with very old-fashioned ideas.
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The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking — that, 'In the meantime, everything’s fine.House scraps plans for Thursday session after security officials warn of possible plot to breach Capitol|Felicia Sonmez, Colby Itkowitz, John Wagner|March 4, 2021|Washington Post
All these months later, the apparent changes in how this organization operates mean Washington, of all franchises — Neanderthal for so long on so many fronts — is actually now a leader.Washington’s front office looks nothing like it ever has before. That’s a reason for hope.|Barry Svrluga|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
He did some of the first studies of Neanderthal bones, and founded Germany’s first anthropological society and journal.Five Scientists on the Heroes Who Changed Their Lives - Issue 93: Forerunners|Alan Lightman, Hope Jahren, Robert Sapolsky,|December 2, 2020|Nautilus
That changed when in 2010 the first nuclear genome revealed that, rather than their being distant cousins we’d shoved aside by 40,000 years ago, ancient interbreeding had left a genetic Neanderthal legacy in most living people.Much of What We Thought About Neanderthals Was Wrong. Here’s Why That Matters|Rebecca Wragg Sykes|October 27, 2020|Time
Comparison of Modern Human and Neanderthal skulls from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.Not-so-hostile takeover: Human Y chromosome displaced the Neanderthals’ version|Kiona N. Smith|September 24, 2020|Ars Technica
Early on, the sexual protagonist complains that her Molson-drinking husband is pretty much an incompetent Neanderthal.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If you think of yourself as more than a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal, you can stand up and be respectful.
“He was no Neanderthal,” says former U.S. senator Richard Bryan.The Cowboy Sheriff of Las Vegas Rides Into ‘Mob Museum’|John L. Smith|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Scientists extract complete Neanderthal genome from fossil—97 percent match to A&E programming.Up to a Point: 2013 in Review and Predictions for 2014|P. J. O’Rourke|January 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There have been many posts lately about countries with maternity/paternity leave, it's depressing how Neanderthal America seems.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories|Harry Siegel|February 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Early the next morning a little band of Neanderthal men descended the escarpment and set out toward the rising sun.
Silently each Neanderthal man stepped behind a trunk of one of the trees lining the path.
Neanderthal man had a very large head with heavy, overhanging eyebrows meeting above the nose, and a markedly retreating forehead.
One hundred thousand years of human life in Europe produced nothing higher than Neanderthal man.
And we are not so far from that ancestor as to have eliminated not indeed Neanderthal, but Neanderthaloid types.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells