Neanderthals may have died off because they failed to harness the power of fire to the extent their human cousins did, a new data analysis suggests.
Using fire for cooking would have allowed these other groups of ancient
human relatives to get more calories from the same amount of food,
thereby edging out the Neanderthal population. Over time, the
anatomically modern human population would have risen, while the Neanderthal population plummeted toward extinction, according to the model.
"Fire use would have provided a significant advantage for the human
population and may indeed have been an important factor in the overall
collapse or absorption of the Neanderthal population," said Anna
Goldfield, a doctoral candidate in archaeology at Boston University, who
presented the findings here on Thursday (April 16) at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. [...] livescience.com
Actualización 23-04-14: ¿Los neandertales se extinguieron porque no supieron aprovechar el fuego?
Los neandertales pudieron haberse extinguido porque no supieron
aprovechar el poder del fuego en la misma medida que sus primos humanos
lo hicieron, según sugiere un nuevo análisis de los datos existentes...