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    Neandertal Versus Modern Human Dietary Responses to Climatic Fluctuations

    Its not really surprising neanderthals were adaptable but tooth microwear shows that compared to modern humans they targeted resources that were most readily available and easily accessible. Modern humans stuck instead to a more fixed dietary strategy regardless of environmental changes and retained a relatively large proportion of plant-based foods in their diet even in predominantly steppe landscapes. Neanderthals did not use digging sticks to get buried roots, for example but we had more efficient and flexible exploitation of dietary resources in their environment.

    Does this include the use of fire as well? Its been suggested neanderthals could use but not start fires.

    http://journals.plos.org/plosone/art...l.pone.0153277

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    It reads as if they have found micro differences in wear patterns between Neanderthals and early moderns. The Neanderthal showed most of this difference if they were inhabiting a wooded environment. But to jump to the conclusion that it was this particular difference which allowed moderns to replace Neanderthals is unsupported. In fact it sounds so "anthropology" of these guys to find something and then blow it all out of proportions. It reminds me of the Leakeys and Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    It reads as if they have found micro differences in wear patterns between Neanderthals and early moderns. The Neanderthal showed most of this difference if they were inhabiting a wooded environment. But to jump to the conclusion that it was this particular difference which allowed moderns to replace Neanderthals is unsupported. In fact it sounds so "anthropology" of these guys to find something and then blow it all out of proportions. It reminds me of the Leakeys and Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory.
    This is a bit too dismissive. It shows in open habitats modern humans had a wider range of fallback foods to rely on, doesn't it?

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