Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So What's the Deal with the Neanderthal, Their Demise?

Were contemporary modern humans, you know—the species that lives on to this day, responsible? Or did everything else that was working fine for the Neanderthals' survival, prior to the arrival of the so-called anatomically modern humans, came to a halt for some reason or another?


The discovery of  Neanderthal remains [see the entry: How are the Media and Schools catching up with Scientific Progress? Pt.4] has naturally raised the curiosity of people, because they seem so close to us humans, and so, many inquiring minds want to know what happened to these extinct human cousins. Preexisting evidence so far only presents sketchy explanations of not only exactly how they (Neanderthals) reached their extinction, but also precisely where and from what ancestral line [although there are guesses as to what that might be] Neanderthals emerged. Notwithstanding significant strides made in the discipline of molecular genetics, as well as new findings in human paleontological record, researchers are still battling out the search for the most solid and parsimonious answers to those main aforementioned fronts.

Where the demise of the Neanderthal is concerned, there have been suspicions of the role of modern humans in this within the scientific community for a while now, although there seemed to be an air of reluctance to want to explore that very possibility. To that end, the more popular narratives which have circulated the web for years, generally looked mostly to abrupt environmental shifts as the prime suspect in the demise of the Neanderthals, purportedly in accompaniment with the insufficient resourcefulness of the Neanderthal; the role of modern humans had generally taken somewhat of a back seat in such narratives.