Saturday, September 15, 2007

Climate Change Didn't Kill Neanderthal


In the sea of stories about climate change and the disaster it spells for modern man, one story at least gives hope.

Climate changes did not kill the Neanderthals.

It was originally thought that the Neanderthals all disappeared about 30,000 years ago but recent evidence that they may have survived until as recently as 24,000 years ago and lived contemporaneously with Cro Magnon (homo sapiens) led scientists to speculate that the disappearing ice shelves and drastic climate changes had been the culprit in reducing their numbers. But new evidence seems to point to the Neanderthals having died out before any of the big climate changes.

Actually, it most likely that modern man is the cause for the extinction of Neanderthal. Taller and superior thanks to evolutionary gifts, they simply took over, competing with Neanderthal over the same resources.

Modern man survives as a species with no natural enemies, the species that adapts his environment to his needs, not the other way around. With all the self-flagellation on the impact of man on the earth, the cries of environmentalists that man is destroying the planet and will cause the extinction of half the species on earth, it is surprising that no one has thought to accuse him of murdering his cousin Neanderthal.

Maybe they aren't sure they want that side of the family living next door.

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