Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 2 years ago

How is it that the neanderthals died and modern humans remained. They existed around the same time, right? So how is one extiinct?

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Sorry about the poor wording/punctuation/spelling. I typed this out in a rush!

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  • 2 years ago

    We didn't die. What are you talking about? We're right here evolving along with you humans. Can't tell? Look harder.

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  • 2 years ago

    I think it is natural selection.

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  • JimZ
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    2 years ago

    Neanderthals were probably to specialized. Our H. sapiens ancestors survived by being generalists and were able to eat whatever was available. Neanderthals were very specialized in hunting large mammals.

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  • Dr. D
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    Neanderthals lived in small groups. When the modern Homo Sapiens entered they wiped out the Neanderthals. This could have been done through competition for limited resources, or outright warfare, or by mating with them.

    Modern humans have about 4% Neanderthal DNA in us. So Neanderthals are entirely extinct.

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  • 2 years ago

    The Neanderthals died out 27,000 years ago. The exact cause is still debated.

    They were adapted to cold weather living. The first theory is that when the weather warmed, the large animals they hunted were no longer around, so they starved to death. The second theory is that they were killed off by the Cro-Magnon (early modern humans). The third theory is a combination of the first two. The latest theory is that the Cro-Magnon were more successful at raising their children to adulthood.

    In this theory, the Cro-Magnon over populated areas where they both lived, and used up all the food resources, thereby forcing the Neanderthals into starvation, or pushed the Neanderthals into areas where they did starve to death.

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    We don't know why they went extinct. Maybe we killed them, maybe it was climate change (they were Ice Age adapted and subsisted on megafauna that went extinct).

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    the neanderthals probably just couldnt adapt to the new environment and climate

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  • audrey
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    I always thought modern day humans were descendents of the Neanderthals.

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