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8/22/2014 (7 months ago)

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Evidence suggests Neanderthals lived with modern man for as long as 5,000 years

It was previously believed that Neanderthals vanished instantaneously and didn't interact what would later become known as Modern Man. However, new evidence shows the wider population overlapped with present-day humans across Europe for up to 5,400 years before vanishing about 40,000 years ago.

It was a given scientific belief that Neanderthals were inferior in intelligence to modern humans, which led to their demise. New evidence has proven that they cooperated with each other, took care of the sick and elderly, carried out elaborate burial rituals and used symbolic language and art to express ideas.

It was a given scientific belief that Neanderthals were inferior in intelligence to modern humans, which led to their demise. New evidence has proven that they cooperated with each other, took care of the sick and elderly, carried out elaborate burial rituals and used symbolic language and art to express ideas.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/22/2014 (7 months ago)

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Keywords: Neanderthals, modern humans, interbreeding


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Furthermore, recent studies show that Neanderthals and modern humans had ample time of to share ideas as well as DNA.

In a study released in June, researchers now believe that ancient Neanderthal species evolved with multiple species and sub-species. One paleontologist involved in the study compared it to the television series, "Game of Thrones," with different "kingdoms" competing and replacing each other.

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"Now that we are using better techniques, the picture is becoming much more clear in terms of the process by which Neanderthals disappeared from Europe," Tom Higham, the study's lead researcher says. "Our results suggest there was a mosaic of populations."

It was a given scientific belief that Neanderthals were inferior in intelligence to modern humans, w

It was a given scientific belief that Neanderthals were inferior in intelligence to modern humans, which led to their demise.


In the most accurate timeline to date as created by Higham and other University of Oxford researchers over six years shows that Neanderthals and present-day humans lived in close proximity to each other in Europe for anywhere from 2,600 to 5,400 years - giving them plenty of time to interbreed.

The findings have been deemed by some as "novel." Researchers were previously unable to use radiocarbon dating on samples older than 30,000 years due to contamination. Scientists in this study, however used modern methods to remove the contaminants to accurately date bone, charcoal and shell samples collected from 40 different sites across Europe.

It was a given scientific belief that Neanderthals were inferior in intelligence to modern humans, which led to their demise. New evidence has proven that they cooperated with each other, took care of the sick and elderly, carried out elaborate burial rituals and used symbolic language and art to express ideas.

Genomic studies have shown that the Neanderthal's disappearance is more likely the result of reduced fertility in male offspring resulting from interbreeding with modern humans.

Research conducted in January confirmed that small amounts of Neanderthal DNA affected the skin and hair of modern humans, further bolstering the theory that the two groups interbred.

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