About 150,000 years ago, a Neanderthal fell into a cave well and got stuck. After the ‘Altamura Man’ died, his body was slowly covered in calcite, which caused his skeleton to fuse with the cave and eventually provided the oldest sample of Neanderthal DNA ever obtained. Source Source 2

Researchers reconstructed a hyper-realistic model of his face and body…

…and the high-quality genome sequence was taken from this small toe bone.

Just a reminder that Dan Harmon himself, Co-Creator of Rick and Morty, is, in fact, Autistic and has spoken before about how its influenced his characters, the importance of accurately representing Autism in said characters, and being aware of which of his characters have been “claimed,” so to speak, by the Autistic community and how he consciously makes a concentrated effort to not misrepresent or disappoint us.

Just, you know, for those of you who feel angry or uncomfortable at the thought of your faves (hint: Rick and Morty, but especially Morty) being perceived as Autistic. Just some Food For Thought™. Just—just a Memo Note on your dash. He isn’t Bigfoot, folks, that link is in high quality and Right Up There ↑ . All the proof you need. And I’m just handin’ it out for free. Free of charge, no payment necessary, no shipping and handling fees. Watch it.