Human hunting weapons may not have caused the demise of the Neanderthals


Technological innovation may not have led to the colonization of Europe by anatomically modern humans, suggests new study Amsterdam, April 28, 2015 - The demise of Neanderthals may have nothing to do with innovative hunting weapons carried by humans from west Asia, according to a new study published in the Journal of Human Evolution. Previous models assumed that anatomically modern humans - our direct ancestors - were special in the way they behaved and thought. These models considered technological and cultural innovation as the reason humans survived and Neanderthals did not. The researchers studied stone tools that were used by people in the Early Ahmarian culture and the Protoaurignacian culture, living in south and west Europe and west Asia around 40,000 years ago. The article is published open access and is available on ScienceDirect: Author contact details Dr. Seiji Kadowaki Nagoya University Museum, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan [email protected] +81 52 747 6711 About Journal of Human Evolution The Journal of Human Evolution concentrates on publishing the highest quality papers covering all aspects of human evolution.

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