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Neanderthals a victim of their own success ?

Posted on Monday, 21 November, 2011 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Neanderthals may have been more of a victim of their own adaptability than to competition from humans.

Researchers at the Arizona State University and the University of Colorado have used complex computer models to analyse how early human hunter-gatherers would have responded to the changes that took place during the last ice age. The results suggested that neanderthals may have not been driven to extinction due to competition with modern humans but would have instead been gradually absorbed in to the modern human populations.

"The researchers used the archeological record to track human behavioral changes in Late Pleistocene (126,000 - 10,000 B."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Erikl on 21 November, 2011, 14:26
And I would refer you the excellent book called "Gun, Germs and Steel", which explains exactly why civilizations evolved in certain areas while in others they didn't. One of the things I do not except, though, is that the Maya people lived in conditions as the Africans did, that is - thick tropical forests of Meso-America, however they did develop a very advance civilization. My take, is that the people that left Africa had to go through very harsh conditions to adapt to the alien territory they arrived, couple that with intermixing with well adapted people that lived there for... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Erikl on 21 November, 2011, 14:33
From wikipedia, about the book Guns, Germs and Steel:
Comment icon #12 Posted by Mr Right Wing on 21 November, 2011, 14:48
Has the book been peer reviewed? The only advanced civilization to appear in Africa was the Eygptians. If you look at the picutres of their people on their temples many of them are pale skiined. Now this isnt about racism but I'm suggesting Homosapiens are the inferior species compared to Neanderthals. Neanderthal dna leads to civilization and those regions with the most Neanderthal DNA created the most impressive civilizations. In those regions where there is none (Central and Southern Africa) there is no civilization just tribal peoples until the Europeans arrived and setup their state... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Erikl on 21 November, 2011, 15:31
Look, I suggested the same, but after reading the book I must say it has some strong points. Also I lived in Africa (Congo) for a year and a half, and have seen the people there, and I think it's a classic case of "Resource curse" - Africa, especially tropical Africa and it's surrounding, is where Homo Sapiens evolved and so there were no environmental pressures or evolutionary bottleneck that favoured the most adaptable. In these regions, the climate barely change, food is everywhere, and it is extremely difficult to cultivate long lasting agricultural products. Europe, fo... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mr Right Wing on 22 November, 2011, 18:35
I havent read about any evidence which indicates war between both species in Europe. Have you come across any reliable sources?
Comment icon #15 Posted by Erikl on 23 November, 2011, 8:00
No, and I don't think there was a war. I think they intermixed, it's just that the more advanced and ingenious homo sapiens eventually survived better and so their culture triumphed.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Pachycephaloid on 30 January, 2012, 2:50
I remember reading a scholarly article several years ago that proposed that social structure differences between Neanderthals and sapiens sapiens were a major reason one species survived and the other didn't. I don't have the references handy, but it basically described Neanderthal tribes being little more than immediate family whereas sapiens sapiens typically lived in larger bands. Living in a larger band meant that knowledge-sharing and group-hunting resulted in more quality food and more varied tools to obtain food. Neanderthals were intelligent, resourceful and physically strong... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by H.H. Holmes on 2 February, 2012, 3:32
Please, most Neanderthals lived in familial groups of 5-10 people on average who were part of a larger territorial group that perhaps numbered several dozen. Human beings of the same time period often lived in "familial" or face-to-face groups numbering in the dozens, which were part of a larger territorial group numbering in the hundreds, if not thousands. Their social structure must have been much more basic and simplistic, since a complex social caste system is not needed for such small groups. Also, gender roles were not as strictly defined in Neanderthals when compared to thei... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Paracelse on 2 February, 2012, 7:29
We know Neanderthals cared for their dead so we can assume they had a form of consciousness

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