So says The Guardian:
It seems we have all been guilty of defaming Neanderthal man. Research by a team based at the University of Bristol suggests that, far from being a lumbering, witless no-hoper, he was capable, 50,000 years ago, of producing forms of cosmetic adornment and even of primitive jewellery.
Primitive jewelry and odd and basic forms of cosmetic adornment.
Ah, you mean they were hippies?