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Cold climate played a role in driving Neanderthals to extinction

Representation of early humans in caves. Scientists believe they found the answer to the mystery of the sudden extinction of Neanderthals 40,000 years ago. The Stalagmite strata revealed that Europe had a cold and dry climate that could have wiped out the Neanderthal populations. ( Alex Saltarin ) The effects of climate change have contributed to the extinction of Neanderthals, …

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New theory explains why Homo Sapiens survived the Neanderthals

I It is easy to forget that we are a single species within the genus Homo because all the others are dead. Currently it looks like Homo – a group of hominins that includes ancient beings such as Homo erectus and Homo neanderthalensis – is a family of seven, though that number is questionable. Regardless, Homo sapiens are the only …

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Neanderthals hunted in gangs and spied prey up close: Studying

Anterior and posterior view of a hunting lesion in a cervical vertebra of an extinct fallow deer, killed by Neanderthals 120,000 years ago on a lake shore near today's Halle (Germany). Picture credits: Eduard Pop, MONREPOS Archaeological Research Center and Museum of Human Behavior Development, Roman-Germanic Central Museum, Leibniz Research Institute of Archeology, Following an analysis of prehistoric animal remains …

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Were Neanderthals extinct because of the size of their brains?

Left: Skull of Homo sapiens. Right: Skull of the Neanderthal Image: HairyMuseumMatt / Wikimedia Commons Using computers and MRI scans, researchers have created the most detailed reconstruction of a Neanderthal brain to date, providing new insights into the social and cognitive abilities of these extinct animals. Whether these attributes are responsible for their ultimate demise, however, remains an open question. …

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Neanderthals were able to survive "turbo breathing" to survive the Ice Age

N Eanderthals lived on Earth for about 250,000 years before they died out and left their bones, art and traces of their DNA in living humans. Before anatomically modern humans left Africa, Neanderthals already lived in Europe and the Middle East – a movement that forced their bodies to adapt to icy, glacial habitats. While scientists knew that shorter, sturdier …

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