martes, 14 de febrero de 2017

Cannibal Neanderthals: Did eating brains help push them to extinction?

Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History explores extinction theory of modern humanity's ancestor.

Cannibalism might have helped push the Neanderthals to extinction with a neurodegenerative disease spreading as a result of the practice of eating brains.

The possible role of cannibalism in the decline of our extinct relatives has been highlighted by Bill Schutt, professor of biology at LIU Post and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. His latest book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History, explores how the practice permeates nature – including our own species – and is far more common than may be expected.

In one section of the book, Schutt looks at how evidence increasingly suggests that Neanderthals ate one another – and what impact that may have had on their numbers. [...]

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