A new theory suggests that an inability to catch rabbits for food may have hastened their extinction.
Neanderthals were known to have hunted a variety of animals, in particular large mammals such as deer and even mammoths. When some of these species started to disappear our human ancestors enjoyed success switching to hunting for smaller mammals such as rabbits, but evidence retrieved from caves suggests that the Neanderthals may have struggled to keep up.
The remains of larger animals have been discovered in abundance dating back up to 30,000 years, but after the Neanderthals disappeared this seemed to change to a greater abundance of rabbit remains. Could it be that an inability to adapt to smaller prey was a contributing factor in their eventual extinction ?
"It's not clear why Neanderthals would have had more trouble changing prey, says Fa."
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