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“The fact that Neandertals in Western Europe were nearly extinct, but then recovered long before they came into contact with modern humans came as a complete surprise to us,” said Dalén, associate professor at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. “This indicates that the Neandertals may have been more sensitive to the dramatic climate changes that took place in the last Ice Age than was previously thought.”
Quam concurs and suggests that this discovery calls for a major rethinking of the idea of cold adaptation in Neandertals.
“At the very least, this tells us that without the aid of material culture or technology, there is a limit to our biological adaptation,” Quam said. “It may very well have been the case that the European Neandertal populations were already demographically stressed when modern humans showed up on the scene.”
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
A study of mitochondrial DNA sampled by this team has discovered that Neanderthals in Western Europe had nearly died out long before contact with modern humans.
Originally posted by rcanem
reply to post by SpearMint
That is true but what the OP is saying is that before Neanderthals came into contact with Modern Man they almost became extinct and then started to flourish once again.
Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
... that modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed for a time.