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A super-eruption of an Italian volcano that may have played a major role in the Neanderthals' fate was apparently even larger than thought, new research suggests.
For the new study, scientists investigated the Campi Flegrei caldera volcano in southern Italy. About 39,000 years ago, it experienced the largest volcanic eruption that Europe has seen in the last 200,000 years. This super-eruption may have played a part in wiping out or driving away Neanderthal and modern human populations in the eastern Mediterranean
Originally posted by Plugin
Well recently I read dogs where the reason we had a great advantage over Neanderthals and was basicly the reason we had energy for other things giving us an advantage.
Originally posted by SibylofErythrae
reply to post by SLAYER69
That could very well be. Italy was one of the temperate zone areas that the last neanderthals seem to be found in.
Being already restricted to a narrow corridor by the icesheets, having your last range blow up and then the temperature drop again extending the glacial maximum would probably not be good for species survival.
Possibly the ice age was starting to end, and the sudden temperature drop would have closed some of the corridors again.
Fluorine-laden ash from the eruption that later became incorporated into plant matter eaten by these hominids could have also potentially caused a condition known as fluorosis, which can lead to eye, tooth and organ damage. In addition, sulfur dioxide, fluorine and chlorine emissions from the volcano would have generated intense acid rain downwind of the volcano.