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A clue to demise of Neanderthals

September 15, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

British scientists have eliminated one potential explanation for the Neanderthals' extinction 26,000 to 32,000 years ago.

Using a core sample of ocean sediment drilled from Venezuela's Cariaco Basin, researchers from the University of Leeds concluded that there were no significant changes in climate during the period. That leaves elimination of the Neanderthals by modern humans as the most likely explanation, they reported Thursday in the journal Nature.

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