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Did dogs help us outsmart the Neanderthals ?

By T.K. Randall
March 4, 2015 · Comment icon 7 comments



Dogs may have given early humans an edge over their competitors. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Angell Williams
The early domestication of wolves by modern humans may have tipped the balance in our favor.
The disappearance of the Neanderthals is often attributed to competition with modern humans who, upon arriving in Europe, seemed to have pushed their rivals to the point of extinction within the space of just a few thousand years.

While many palaeontologists believe that it was our ancestors' superior skills and weapons that eventually won out against our Neanderthal cousins, Prof Pat Shipman of Pennsylvania State University maintains that they may have had some help.

"At that time, modern humans, Neanderthals and wolves were all top predators and competed to kill mammoths and other huge herbivores," she said.
"But then we formed an alliance with the wolf and that would have been the end for the Neanderthal."

Modern humans were thought to have started domesticating wolves shortly after reaching Europe, a relationship that would have given them a huge advantage in hunting down larger animals for food.

Against such an effective partnership the Neanderthals would have simply been unable to keep up.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Hartmut 8 years ago
There has been new research done that proves that the Neanderthal has not become totally extinct - but due to 'mingling' with modern man still lives amongst us with a kind of streamlined look, like the actor Richard Kiel who played Jaws in the James Bond Movie, or Ron Perlman who actually played a Neanderthal man in the great movie '"Quest for Fire". New genetic evidence also provides support to the theory that our ancestors made love, not war, with their European Neanderthal cousins, and that the Neanderthal lineage disappeared because it was absorbed into the much larger human population.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Myles 8 years ago
I'm sure we both killed each other quite often. I always thought John Elway looked like a Neanderthal.
Comment icon #3 Posted by MJNYC 8 years ago
Love this article! We always do better when we truly partner with our animal friends. BFF!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Athena1979 8 years ago
the Neanderthals probably picked those gerbils as their best friend instead of the wolf.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 8 years ago
There has been new research done that proves that the Neanderthal has not become totally extinct - but due to 'mingling' with modern man still lives amongst us with a kind of streamlined look, like the actor Richard Kiel who played Jaws in the James Bond Movie, or Ron Perlman who actually played a Neanderthal man in the great movie '"Quest for Fire". New genetic evidence also provides support to the theory that our ancestors made love, not war, with their European Neanderthal cousins, and that the Neanderthal lineage disappeared because it was absorbed into the much larger human population. Ne... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Whisperer 8 years ago
One of the comments made in the linked article is very pertinent to the whole mystery of what happened to Neanderthals, disease... *edit, SP*
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
Dogs could be an interesting variable in the equation of why the neanderthals faded out. I sure it is not as simple as they lost because of dogs. Neanderthals seem to have not had large families or be very fertile. There was never very many of them. Modern humans didn't have those problems.


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