Neanderthals' demise caused by modern human invasion

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by Jan van der Crabben
published on 30 July 2011
The Guardian reports that a Cambridge University study has revealed that Neanderthals died out due to the invasion of homo sapiens into Europe. The humans coming from Africa were 10x more numerous, causing the indigenous Neanderthal population to be marginalized and pushed into harsher habitats, where they could no longer survive. Paul Mellars, emeritus professor at Cambridge University and head of this research states: "The Neanderthals seem to have retreated initially into more marginal and less attractive regions of the continent and eventually, within a space of at most a hundred thousand years, for their populations to have declined to extinction." Read the entire article on The Guardian website.
Posted by Jan van der Crabben on July 30, 2011, 10:34.


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