Posted on Monday, 21 November, 2011 | 18 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."