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Scientists have uncovered the mystery of the extinction of the Neanderthals

Scientists have unraveled the mystery of the disappearance of the Neanderthals.

About 30 thousand years ago the Neanderthals disappeared. Before that, they happily lived on the Earth a quarter of a million years. Modern studies tell what happened to the Neanderthals.

The research group led by Professor Tjarda van Andela from Cambridge in 2004, has conducted extensive research and gave a picture of the disappearance of the Neanderthals. 70 000 years ago global cooling began. With the advancement of the glaciers and the CRO-magnons and Neanderthals began to retreat to the South of Europe.

According to archaeological findings, it was during this period early man attempted interbreeding but the offspring was doomed. The last Neanderthal was found at the Pyrenees, his age 29 000 years.

According to another version, the reason for the disappearance of Neanderthals could be the first genocide in history. This version, for example, is an anthropologist Steven Churchill of Duke University. Early Homo Sapiens came to Europe about 40-50 thousand years ago, and after 28-30 thousand years the Neanderthals were extinct.

The 20 thousand years of coexistence of the two types was a period of intense competition for food and other resources in which the victory was won by the CRO-magnons. Perhaps the deciding factor was the ability to handle weapons.

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