I found a rather nice sketch of the controversial Neandertal fossil La Chapelle aux Saintes. You know, the one who was all crippled up with arthritis, had almost no teeth, and the earliest photos of the fossil(taken at the time it was discovered) show an obviously buried person.
Here is the sketch:
As you can see, he doesn't look all that different from people you and I have known. Or the differences, such as they are, are decidedly subtle. But you can all judge for yourselves, I think. Reconstructions of early humans often follows the conceptions or preconceptions of the reconstructors.
would really like to Dr. John Hawks and his blog for this. Dr. Hawks is obviously rather multitalented.