Neanderthals became extinct because they were too smart for his own good, research suggests. Instead of being frustrated by more people in the beginning, the Neanderthals were so sophisticated - but so impressed the humans were considered as potential partners, scientists say.
Miscegenation made it his own line, said Professor Julien Riel-Salvatore, University of Colorado, adding: ". In many ways, they were simply victims of their own success"
The researchers studied computer models of how groups of hominids evolved in response to climate change during the last ice age, look at the culture and biology among hunter-gatherers between 11,500 and 128,000 years, reports of the journal Human Ecology.
Professor Michael Barton, Arizona State University, lead author of the study, said: "We have developed a theoretical and methodological framework that takes into account the comments of three scalable systems: biological, cultural and environmental.
"An interesting result of this research, which examined the cultural and environmental changes caused by the behavior of land use is that it shows how the Neanderthals may not have disappeared because they were somehow less so all the other hominids that existed during the last glaciation, but they were as sophisticated behavior that modern man."
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