Neanderthals more advanced than previously thought
For decades scientists believed Neanderthals developed `modern' tools and ornaments solely through contact with Homo sapiens, but new research from the University of Colorado Denver now shows these sturdy ancients could adapt, innovate and evolve technology on their own.
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Since: Aug 10
#1 Sep 22, 2010
I hypothesize it was that Homo sapiens brought diseases with them that the Neanderthals were not immune to and they died off and probably had increase infant mortality. Similar to fate that Native Americans experience after contact with Europeans. This seems more plausible to me, because the Neanderthals understood the environment would be better at survival in Ice Age Europe better than the newly arriving Homo sapiens.
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