Them and Us: How Neanderthal Predation Created Modern Humans by Danny Vendramini

By Danny Vendramini

This available, clever and web page turning learn sheds new gentle on how Neanderthals advanced and the origins of human habit, uncovering what it skill to be a latest human within the twenty first century. Neanderthal Predation (NP) thought starts with an intensive new evaluate of Neanderthal behavioral ecology by way of pulling jointly new archaeological and genetic facts, exhibiting they were not docile omnivores, yet savage, cannibalistic carnivores - best flight predators of the stone age; Apex predators on the most sensible of the nutrients chain, and what occurred subsequent - while people grew to become prey. "Danny Vendramini offers a really distinct and leading edge photograph of the position of Neandertal predation in human evolution…Vendramini pulls jointly numerous varied threads of medical facts to re-cast Neanderthals as "apex predators", proverbial "wolves with knives" who have been potent opponents with our ancestors…. it's been decades given that I learn a booklet approximately human evolution that I loved so much." affiliate Professor John J. Shea. Stony Brook collage, big apple.

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Some localised environmental factor made it imperative for archaic humans to acquire the accoutrements of modern humans. And, whatever it was, it was absent in Africa and Asia. But it wasn’t just the magnitude of the transition in the Levant that was unprecedented. So too was its speed, and this provides another clue. 61,62 This did not happen in the Levant. 63 What was it about the Levantine environment that made it so imperative for Middle Palaeolithic humans to suddenly become Upper Palaeolithic humans?

60 So, if climate change did not play a part in the Upper Palaeolithic revolution, what else is left? Certainly no current theory explains how we acquired all our unique modern human features. Nothing explains the suddenness of the Upper Palaeolithic transition or why one instance of it (in the Mediterranean Levant) spread around the world while many other isolated examples of it did not. This suggests there is a need for a new conceptual framework—perhaps even something left field—to break the impasse.

Did they interbreed? —generates dozens of theories but no consensus. Human physiology is the second big puzzle. Although we share 99 percent of our protein-coding genes with chimpanzees, the difference in appearance continues to intrigue biologists. 24 It’s not that their breasts are full of milk-producing tissue. They are mostly composed of fat. 25 Likewise, it is still not understood why, at puberty, girls develop a layer of subcutaneous fat on the hips and buttocks, when no other primate does.

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