Skip to content

Interbreeding - and not lack of intelligence, killed the Neanderthals, scientists say

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/30/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Assimilation with our early modern human ancestors may have led to this genre of humanity becoming extinct

Anthropologists had previously theorized that Neanderthals died out because they were mentally, technologically and culturally inferior to the ascending Homo Sapiens and were unable to compete for limited resources. New theories suggest it's more likely that they disappeared 40,000 years ago on account of interbreeding and assimilation with our early modern human ancestors.

New evidence proves that Neanderthals made effective tools and weapons, wore ornaments such as eagle claws, used ochre and pitch, ate plants and fish as well as big game and created organized living spaces in their caves - all of this happening before the arrival of modern humans.

New evidence proves that Neanderthals made effective tools and weapons, wore ornaments such as eagle claws, used ochre and pitch, ate plants and fish as well as big game and created organized living spaces in their caves - all of this happening before the arrival of modern humans.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/30/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Neanderthals, sophistication, modern man, interbreeding


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Neanderthals are often thought of as dim-witted evolutionary losers. New archaeological evidence dating back 200,000 years now reveals that this breed of human was far more advanced and sophisticated than has widely been thought.

U.S. and Dutch researchers say the differences between the two human sub-species are not enough to account for the demise of the Neanderthals.

Shop for mom today. Buy her a gift she'll love!

Dr. Paola Villa, from the University of Colorado Museum along with Professor Wil Roebroeks, from Leiden University say that "Genetic studies now suggest that the debate on the demise of the Neanderthals needs to be reframed in terms of some degree of interbreeding.

"In that sense, Neanderthals did not go extinct, even though their distinctive morphology did disappear.

"We conclude that all the 'archaeology-based' explanations for the demise of the Neanderthals... are flawed."

Neanderthals thrived in Eurasia for 300,000 years. They vanished around 40,000 years ago as early modern humans began to settle in Europe.

New evidence proves that Neanderthals made effective tools and weapons, wore ornaments such as eagle claws, used ochre and pitch, ate plants and fish as well as big game and created organized living spaces in their caves - all of this happening before the arrival of modern humans. In conclusion, these behaviors could not have been copied from them.

Scientists also pointed out that 200,000 years ago, Neanderthals were using fire to produce pitch from tree bark.

Experiments showed that the process required high temperatures and an oxygen-free environment such as an enclosed pot, suggesting a high level of technical knowledge.

When did the Neanderthals stumble and fall? Neanderthal DNA sequenced in 2010 shows clear evidence of interbreeding. Neanderthals and early modern humans are most likely to have interbred in Europe and the Middle East around 50,000 years ago.

Neanderthal inheritance is estimated to make up between one percent and four percent of the DNA of people outside of the African continent.

Interbreeding could be one reason why Neanderthals vanished. They were not so much driven to extinction as assimilated.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.


Comments


More Technology

Planet Niburu: What's going to happen on September 23? Watch

Image of Is planet Niburu real? And does it pose a threat to Earth?

September 23 is a worrisome date for millions of people who believe that a massive planet will affect the Earth as it passes by in space. ... continue reading


Scientists plan to phone E.T. at home, but it could be a bad idea. Here's why Watch

Image of Scientists plan to starts calling nearby planets at the end of 2018.

Scientists plan to send a signal into deep space to see if aliens are out there. However, experts warn we could endanger humanity by doing ... continue reading


Cassini's reward for 13 years of service is a fiery death. Here's why Watch

Image of A NASA rendition of Cassini's final dive in Saturn.

Goodbye to Cassini, the space probe that was launched in 1997 and spent six years travelling, and over thirteen years exploring Saturn and ... continue reading


Is the end of Google near? Internet giant may soon become target of anti-trust laws around the world Watch

Image of Has Google become a monopoly?

Google is getting too big for its own good, or so some experts are warning. Talk of anti-trust measures against the internet giant is ... continue reading


UFO Seekers use a telescope to capture images of the secret Area 51 base where people can be SHOT on sight Watch

Image of Area 51 is off limits to the public and is heavily patrolled. Sensors also detect anyone approaching the perimeter.

Hikers and UFO enthusiasts have captured clear, new images of the secretive Area 51 base in Nevada using a telescope and camera. The photos ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.