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  •  I saw it on the internet... (7+ / 0-)

    Don't have a source right now, but I saw a discussion recently suggesting neanderthals went extinct at a time when humans started consuming lots of rabbit, which the neanderthals did not utilize. Availability of large prey was down, and the suggestion is that they were physically or mentally incapable of adjusting to small, fast prey.

    •  the theory long has been (6+ / 0-)

      that as sapiens populations continued to explode, and expand into new areas, neanderthals couldn't keep up, and kept moving to more marginal areas. sapiens had more complex social structures and trade networks and tools, and although neanderthals tried to copy all of them, as an independent population they just couldn't compete.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 11:35:51 AM PDT

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