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Climate change contributed to Neanderthal demise

New research suggests that climate change may have been one of the factors contributing to the extinction of the Neanderthals. Hodgkins examined bones discovered in caves once inhabited by Neanderthals in southwestern France for marks demonstrating how the carcasses of deer and other animals were butchered and used for food. During

Humans blamed for extinction of megafauna

A new study has concluded that the arrival of humans is to blame for the extinction of mammoths, mastodons and giant sloths. A new global look at the extinctions of large mammals over the past 130,000 years finds that the loss of species correlates more closely with the arrival of humans

Moas went extinct due to over-hunting

A new study carried out by an international team of scientists has revealed that New Zealand's Moas, giant flightless birds, went extinct 600 years ago due to over-hunting by humans. For millions of years, nine species of large, flightless birds known as moas (Dinornithiformes) thrived in New Zealand. Then, about 600

Spanish Neanderthals died out earlier than previously thought

New radiocarbon dating performed on Neanderthal fossils found in southern Spain suggests that they died out 10,000-15,000 years earlier than previously thought. Its results have implications for when and where we - modern humans - might have co-existed with our evolutionary "cousins", the Neanderthals. "The picture emerging is of an overlapping period

Neanderthals were on verge of extinction when humans arrived

A new mitochondrial DNA study suggests that Neanderthals were on the verge of extinction in western Europe when modern humans arrived on the scene, only to recover in certains areas before eventually vanishing after another 10,000 years. The fossil specimens came from Europe and Asia and span a time period ranging

Tasmanian tiger’s jaws were too weak to kill sheep

So it turns out that the thylacine, hunted to extinction in 1936 by sheep farmers tired of their flocks being eaten, had a jaw that was too weak to kill sheep. "We scanned the skull and then used the same software on it that you would use in engineering, to investigate

Neanderthals became extinct because of bad luck?

New mathematical research is suggesting that Neanderthals became extinct due to bad luck in the genetic lottery. The popular theory has it that humans soon displaced Neanderthals thanks to their superior skills and adaptations. But mathematicians Armando Neves at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Maurizio

Dinosaurs survived more than 700,000 after meteorite impact

New research has found that dinosaurs survived more than 700,000 years after the meteorite impact that was said to have wiped them out. Many palaeontologists believe that all non-avian dinosaurs disappeared almost 66 million years ago - after debris from the meteorite blocked out the sun and caused extreme climate conditions,