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Were Neanderthals hunted to extinction ?

By T.K. Randall
May 18, 2009 · Comment icon 31 comments



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A controversial new theory has suggested that the Neanderthals may have died out 30,000 years ago because modern humans hunted and fed on them. The claim is based on a jawbone found in France with markings indicative of hunting tools.
The mysterious disappearance of Neanderthals about 30,000 years ago has baffled scientists for centuries.But now, according to a leading fossil expert, it seems the race may have met a rather grisly end.They were eaten by our ancestors, the modern humans."


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (31)


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Comment icon #22 Posted by _Libby 14 years ago
Given the fact that cannibalism is a reality, why should it be surprising that some people ate Neanderthals? My sentiments exactly.
Comment icon #23 Posted by The Silver Thong 14 years ago
Given the fact that cannibalism is a reality, why should it be surprising that some people ate Neanderthals? Comes as no shock to me, as I would eat you in a heart beat LOL to stay alive Ever see the Movie Alive, cool movie...
Comment icon #24 Posted by MirrorImage 14 years ago
This isnt suprising, I mean we drink animal milk, and if you really stop and think about where milk comes out of, its rather disgusting...not that Id drink human milk with my cereal mind you If it exists, humans have eaten, or tired to eat it.
Comment icon #25 Posted by _Libby 14 years ago
If it exists, humans have eaten, or tired to eat it. This is an offshoot of Rule 34, isn't it?
Comment icon #26 Posted by Torgo 14 years ago
I've heard about this - a neanderhtal skeleton that shows signs of butchering. That proves that this individual was probably eaten. Not all by a long shot were, I would say. We can say conclusively that we did not or could not interbreed with them - no neanderthal DNA is in ours - but I have often wondered if perhaps we bred them to death. Consider this idea: if our numbers increased to far above theirs, and there was interbreeding that either produced no offspring or sterile offspring, over time more and more neanderthals trying to mate with homo sapiens could have just lead to the death of t... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by The Silver Thong 14 years ago
I've heard about this - a neanderhtal skeleton that shows signs of butchering. That proves that this individual was probably eaten. Not all by a long shot were, I would say. We can say conclusively that we did not or could not interbreed with them - no neanderthal DNA is in ours - but I have often wondered if perhaps we bred them to death. Consider this idea: if our numbers increased to far above theirs, and there was interbreeding that either produced no offspring or sterile offspring, over time more and more neanderthals trying to mate with homo sapiens could have just lead to the death of t... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Harte 14 years ago
Given the fact that cannibalism is a reality, why should it be surprising that some people ate Neanderthals? Comes as no shock to me, as I would eat you in a heart beat LOL Thong, After checking Siara's profile ( ), I must aver that I find myself in complete and utter agreement with your above-stated position! Let the feast begin, I say. Harte
Comment icon #29 Posted by psyche101 14 years ago
I have to agree with Francesco d'Errico, one jawbone does not speak for the species.
Comment icon #30 Posted by ~C.S.M~ 14 years ago
I quote this statement again as it says volumes about the scientific community in general; dude, it's the opinion of one researcher boosted by a sensationalist reporter. It say's nothing of the scientific community...
Comment icon #31 Posted by MirrorImage 14 years ago
This is an offshoot of Rule 34, isn't it? Yep, its right under "if it fits in your mouth, put it in your mouth" and just above "if it tastes funky, spit it out"


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