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Failure to hunt rabbits may have led to Neanderthal demise

New research suggests that while Neanderthals could hunt large animals, it was their inability to hunt small prey that may have led to their demise.

Fa and his team analyzed animal bone remains spanning a period of 50,000 years from Neanderthal and modern-human-occupied sites across Iberia, the part of Europe that includes Spain and Portugal, and southern France.

They found that rabbit remains only started to became common at sites around 30,000 years ago, which is around the time that Neanderthals started to disappear and—perhaps not coincidentally—when modern humans first arrived in Europe.

The authors speculate that over the course of thousands of years, as climate change or human hunting pressure whittled down populations of Iberian large animals such as woolly mammoths, rabbits would have become an increasingly important food resource.

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Story: Ker Than, National Geographic News | Photo: Duncan Usher, Alamy

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