Neanderthals’ large eyes “caused their demise”

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March 13, 2013
BBC News [UK state media]    
Posted in News, PND News

"A study of Neanderthal skulls suggests that they became extinct because they had larger eyes than our species. As a result, more of their brains were devoted to seeing in the long, dark nights in Europe, at the expense of high-level processing. By contrast, the larger frontal brain regions of Homo sapiens led to the fashioning of warmer clothes and the development of larger social networks. The study is published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Neanderthals are a closely related species of human that lived in Europe from around 250,000 years ago. They coexisted and interacted briefly with our species until they went extinct about 28,000 years ago, in part due to an ice age." (03/13/13)  

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