Jump to content
Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -

‘Earliest known evidence of modern humans in western Europe’


Eldorado
 Share

Recommended Posts

The fossil of a child’s tooth is the earliest known evidence of modern humans in western Europe researchers say.

The discovery of the molar was made in a cave – known as Grotte Mandrin – in France’s Rhone Valley.

Researchers say the area also documents the first clear alternating occupation of a site by Neanderthals and early modern humans (Homo sapiens).

Apart from a possible indication in Greece during the Middle Pleistocene – approximately 760,000 to 126,000 years ago – the first settlements of modern humans in Europe have been constrained to around 45,000-43,000 years ago.

But the new evidence – the fossil of an upper molar from a modern human baby – pushes this date back by about 10,000 years, scientists say.

MSN

Edited by Eldorado
  • Like 5
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

 

New fossils are challenging ideas that modern humans wiped out Neanderthals soon after arriving from Africa.

The Neanderthals emerged in Europe as far back as 400,000 years ago. The current theory suggests that they went extinct about 40,000 years ago, not long after Homo sapiens arrived on the continent from Africa.

But the new discovery suggests that our species arrived much earlier and that the two species could have coexisted in Europe for more than 10,000 years before the Neanderthals went extinct.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-60305218

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

20 minutes ago, Eldorado said:

New fossils are challenging ideas that modern humans wiped out Neanderthals soon after arriving from Africa.

It is a quite possible that Neanderthals disappeared because of the Woolly mammoths also disappeared. Mammoths were by far the most important source of Neanderthal food, and when they disappeared, Neanderthals soon disappeared too.

''Neanderthals and mammoths lived together in Europe during the Ice Age. The evidence suggests that Neanderthals hunted and ate mammoths for tens of thousands of years and were actually physically dependent on calories extracted from mammoths for their successful adaptation,". "Neanderthals depended on mammoths for their very existence.''

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awesome !

Two things seem related to the disappearance of the Neanderthal breed...their lack of "social skills", and their huge morphology requesting an enormous consumption of food.

Nevertheless and hopefully they left us a genetic inheritance...i feel proud of this ^^

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm no anthropologist, but I'd always hypothesized that Neanderthals simply melted into the rest of the human population. There was quite a bit of cross breeding, apparently 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 hours ago, HandsomeGorilla said:

I'm no anthropologist, but I'd always hypothesized that Neanderthals simply melted into the rest of the human population. There was quite a bit of cross breeding, apparently 

Likely a combination of factors, but this was definitely one of them. 

Edited by Occupational Hubris
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 2/17/2022 at 1:37 AM, Amorlind said:

Two things seem related to the disappearance of the Neanderthal breed...their lack of "social skills",

Hi Amorlind

Not sure where you came up with this idea but Neanderthals lived in social groups for half a million years and from what we do know is that there was little difference between them and Hss.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 hours ago, jmccr8 said:

Hi Amorlind

Not sure where you came up with this idea but Neanderthals lived in social groups for half a million years and from what we do know is that there was little difference between them and Hss.

This is where that idea came from:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/all/brain-comparison-suggests-neanderthals-lacked-social-skills-flna1c8834846

Not very convincing.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.