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How the FBI’s Dundee don and Andy Serkis changed the way we think of Ned the Neanderthal

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WHEN the makers of a new BBC documentary about Neanderthals wanted help to show how our ancient ancestors walked and talked they turned to motion capture technology and to the world’s foremost exponent of it – Hollywood actor Andy Serkis. But before Serkis could bring the male Neanderthal to life, presenter and paleontologist Ella Al-Shamahi needed to know exactly what he might have looked like. For that she headed to Dundee University’s acclaimed Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and its expert Dr Christopher Rynn. .

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