The absence of social networks caused the extinction of the Neanderthal

The absence of social networks caused the extinction of the Neanderthal

A new study suggests that Neanderthals had sharper vision and larger bodies than his descendant Homo Sapiens, which could lead to extinction.

Experts at the University of Oxford and the Natural History Museum in London take issue with assumptions that they could be victims of climate change, or even that were eaten by Homo Sapiens, based on the theory that with large areas of his brain devoted to vision and movement, less space was left for the high-level thinking necessary to create large social groups.

Neanderthals having the larger body that early modern humans would have needed more neurological ability to control your movements.

The explanation that much of their brain is destined for vision is because living in higher latitudes they need to cope with low levels of light, which could have been very effective if the social response had not been developed and imposed.

Do not create large social networks and live in small groups left them defenseless against unforeseen And it meant they had fewer allies who could come to the rescue in times of great need. An example of this, as Eiluned Pearce, an Oxford anthropologist, points out, is'For example, in the face of the ice age, their ability to organize a collective response would have been a key to survival«.

The archaeological find in addition to supporting the theory that they did not form too large groupsIt also leads to the conclusion that they did not move materials far enough to be able to establish a certain trading activity.

Smaller groups are more likely to disappear Due to the fact that their demographic fluctuations are more pronounced than in larger groups, in the same way, innovations are destined to be lost because they do not manage to adequately maintain cultural knowledge, an example of which is that they were less developed in the field of symbolism, ornamentation and art.

Although Neanderthals lived in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East for more than 3,000,000 years, their fossil records disappeared about 30,000-40,000 years.

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