January 18, 2009

From Pierre Francois Puech:

Re: Competition, not climate, killed Neanderthals: study (Dec. 29): The number, not competition, not climate, killed Neanderthals. The number allways win in a population competition, it has been the case for neanderthals opposed to anatomically modern humans. Studies of dental microwear of Zafarraya neanderthal from southern Spain (30-27, OOO BP) compared to the success group that occupied, 50,000 BP, the site of Hortus (south of France) has provided evidence that no changes occured in the way of life inferred from the menu (Puech P. -F. Usure dentaire, In “La Grotte du Boquete de Zafarraya” Barroso R. and Lumley (de) H. eds, Junta de Andalucia, Consejeria de Cultura, Sevilla.)

Pierre Francois Puech, pfpu e ch @y ahoo.fr
Habilité à Diriger des Recherches
Faculté de Medecine "La Timone"
lab. anatomy, Marseille, France.


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