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Neanderthals no strangers to good parenting

Archaeologists at the University of York are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous.

Neandarthal statue at the Neandarthal Museum
Neandarthal statue at the Neandarthal Museum Credit: Press Association

Researchers from PALAEO (Centre for Human Palaeoecology and Evolutionary Origins) and the Department of Archaeology at York offer a new view which suggests Neanderthal children had strong connections in their social group, used play to develop skills and played a significant role in their society.

Archaeologists also studied cultural and social evidence to explore the experience of Neanderthal children.

They found that Neanderthal childhood experience was subtly different from that of their modern human counterparts in that it had a greater focus on social relationships within their group.

The study of child burials, meanwhile, reveals that the young may have been given particular attention when they died, with generally more elaborate graves than older individuals.

Major development planned for part of steel works

The entrance to a Sheffield steel works Credit: Calendar

It's just been placed on the English Heritage at risk register today but there is hope for this historic entrance to a Sheffield steel works.

The entrance to Green Lane Works near the city centre has been derelict since the steel works closed. It's been described as one of the most import buildings of its kind in Europe.

The site though is due to be redeveloped as part of a £13 million pound scheme with 150 new homes with the entrance being renovated for public use.

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Revealing York Minster

York Minster exhibition opens

Doors open today to the 'Revealing York Minster' exhibition. The chambers below the cathedral floor are housing artefacts charting the 2000 year history of the building.

The space beneath the tower was dug out in the 1970s to help stabilise the tower which was in danger of collapsing. Archaeological digs have now helped to map out more clearly the history of the site including the previous buildings which stood there. The historical finds are now on display.

You can find out more about the attraction here.

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House of Commons roars with laughter at Richard III joke

King Richard III made a cameo appearance in Prime Minister's questions today which made the House of Commons roar with laughter.

Michael McCann Labour MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow asked David Cameron: "Can the prime minister confirm Atos have declared Richard III for for work?"

Atos is a contractor used by the government to assess whether people claiming benefits are eligible for a job.

David Cameron replied that the case had not come his way, but hoped the discovery of Richard III would be a boost to the city of Leicester.

Greetings from Gomersal

First tram in Gomersal

An exhibition has opened at Red House Museum showcasing memories of life in Gomersal in the last century. 'Greetings from Gomersal' features recorded interviews from the Kirklees Sound Archive with Gomersal residents talking about their memories of life in the village.

University of Sheffield makes Parliamentary history

The University of Sheffield has made Parliamentary history by offering a module that is accredited and co-taught by the House of Commons.

The module, as part of the Politics Department undergraduate degree, will teach about how policies affect the history and future of assemblies and legislatures around the world. Students will get a "behind the scenes" experience of the House of Commons next month.

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