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2011-07-29 07:35:00

The 300,000 year reign of the Neanderthals most likely came to an end because of simple numbers, as modern humans outnumbered their predecessors by a 10-to-1 margin, researchers from Cambridge University claim in a new study. Once the hoards of homo sapiens poured into Western Europe, they overwhelmed Neanderthals, effectively making them "a minority in their own land," Guardian Science Correspondent Ian Sample wrote on Thursday. The sheer numbers of these new residents quickly ended the...

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2006-02-23 08:03:58

LONDON -- Neanderthals in Europe were killed off by the advance of modern humans thousands of years earlier than previously believed, losing a competition for food and shelter, according to a scientific study published Wednesday. The research uses advances in radiocarbon dating to revise understanding of early humans, suggesting they colonized Europe more rapidly and coexisted for a much shorter period with genetic ancestors. Paul Mellars, professor of prehistory and human evolution at the...

2006-02-22 13:10:00

LONDON (Reuters) - The ancestors of modern man moved into and across Europe, ousting the Neanderthals, faster than previously thought, a new analysis of radiocarbon data shows. Rather than taking some 7,000 years to colonize Europe from Africa, the reinterpreted data shows the process may only have taken 5,000 years, scientist Paul Mellars from Cambridge University said in the science journal Nature on Wednesday. "The same chronological pattern points to a substantially shorter period of...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.