How We Beat Neanderthals in the Battle for Survival

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How We Beat Neanderthals in the Battle for Survival


Byline: Irish Daily Mail Reporter

A STUDY into why Homo sapiens triumphed over Neanderthal man in the battle to survive is to be revealed this week.

Scientists using the latest carbon dating methods will show that modern man walked the planet much earlier than was believed and Neanderthals died out sooner than was estimated.

The five-year research showed that although the brains of Neanderthals matched modern man in size they were not clever enough to survive. They had bigger eyes to adapt to the long dark nights and winters and used more of their brain to focus on the physical needs of their larger bodies.

Modern humans from Africa evolved their frontal lobes - responsible for thinking and cerebral prowess - which they used for social networking with other groups in times of need.

When they wanted help as the Ice Age approached, modern man could communicate, developing an ability to speak a complex language and setting up operations far from their homes.

The results will be unveiled at a threeday conference at the British Museum in London under the title 'When Europe was covered by ice and ash'. …

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