Neanderthals

New Study Reveals Surprising Discovery About Our Human Origins

Modern human beings and ancient Neanderthals might have co-existed in France and northern Spain for between 1,400 and 2,900 years prior to the Neanderthals’ extinction, a new study suggests.

Scientists claim the revelation has increased their understanding of the presence of both species of early hominids in this area according to The Independent.

Nonetheless, it is not yet known whether the two types engaged with each other.

“Whether or not this co-existence featured some form of direct interaction, however, remains to be resolved,” the study’s authors wrote.

Current fossil proof suggests modern-day human beings (Homo Sapiens) and Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) might have co-existed in Europe for as long as 5,000 to 6,000 years before Neanderthals diminished into extinction.

“In this region, there are a lot of similarities in the way that the two species were producing material culture and behaving,” Igor Djakovic, a PhD student at Leiden University and first author of the analysis said.

Adding, “It lends credence to the idea that there was some kind of interaction going on.”

Nonetheless, there is presently little evidence at a regional degree as well as it is tough to develop when the two species first appeared as well as disappeared in these locations.

Writing in the Scientific News journal, the researchers, said: “The results suggest that the onset of the Homo sapiens’ occupation of this region likely preceded the extinction of Neanderthals and the Chatelperronian by up to 1,400 to 2,900 years.”

“Whether or not this co-existence featured some form of direct interaction, however, remains to be resolved,” they added.

“The emerging consensus is that Neanderthals living in Europe were living in smaller populations,” Djakovic said according to The Guardian. “You had larger populations of modern humans coming in and [the Neanderthals] were swallowed into these populations. You could make the argument that they never really disappeared.”

Djakovic and his colleagues analysed data sets from 56 Neanderthal and also modern-day human artefacts such as unique rock blades– 28 for each team– from 17 historical sites throughout France as well as northern Spain, as well as an added 10 Caveman samplings from the same region.

Based on modelling, they approximate that Neanderthal artefacts first appeared between 45,343 and 44,248 years back, and also vanished between 39,894 and also 39,798 years back.

Based on directly-dated remains, the date of the Neanderthal extinction was between 40,870 as well as 40,457 years earlier.

Professor Tom Higham, a researcher known for his work indicating a similar overlap between Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals, told The Guardian: “This study confirms previous work that shows a considerable overlap of several thousand years between different human populations (Neanderthals and modern humans) in western Europe, during which time these groups met one another and occasionally interbred prior to the final disappearance of Neanderthals around 39-40,000 years ago”

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