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Did Humans and Wolf Dogs Make Neanderthals Perish?

In her provocative new book, The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Dove Neanderthals to Extinction (link is external), Penn State paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman attributes the demise of Neanderthals around 40,000 years ago to early modern humans and their “wolf-dogs.” In her view, early modern humans, the most destructive invasive species on the planet, blasted into Europe and made straight for the biggest game in town—mammoths—conjuring along the way wolf-dogs, animals neither fully wolf nor quite yet dog, to help them in the hunt.

read more Did Humans and Wolf Dogs Make Neanderthals Perish? | Psychology Today.


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This entry was posted on March 18, 2015 by in Animals.


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