New research by the Max Planck Institute suggests it was ecological changes that did for the Neanderthals
Neanderthals have generally had a bad press since they were discovered more than a century ago.
Pictured as little more than apes, our closest human cousin has always been pictured as a stupid brute – almost twice our size and several times our strength – who failed to adapt to circumstances as cleverly as homo sapiens did.
One widely-taught example was that Neanderthals could not think ahead and, therefore, did not understand or perceive seasons and annual movements of animals, so did not plan for them. [Read more…] about Neanderthals may have had larger brains but environmental changes favoured homo sapiens