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Bunnies implicated in the demise of Neanderthals
new scientist ^ | 18:10 01 March 2013 by | Sara Reardon

Posted on 03/04/2013 11:15:00 AM PST by BenLurkin

Now, John Fa of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Trinity, Jersey, says Neanderthals eventually bit the dust because they were unable to adapt their hunting to small animals like rabbits.

Fa and his colleagues counted up the skeletons of animals found in three excavation sites in Spain and southern France. Up until 30,000 years ago, the remains of large animals such as deer were abundant in caves. But around that time, coinciding with the disappearance of Neanderthals, rabbit remains became more prevalent. The authors postulate that humans were more successful at switching to catching and eating rabbits.

It's not clear why Neanderthals would have had more trouble changing prey, says Fa. They may have been less able to cooperate. Rather than using spears, early humans probably surrounded a warren and flushed out rabbits with fire, smoke or dogs. But Bruce Hardy of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, says Fa takes the interpretation too far. Humans may have eaten more rabbits than Neanderthals, but neither would have exclusively eaten meat, he says.

The question might be settled by what Fa says is his next project: studying the isotopes in the bones of hominins from this region, which may differ according to what they ate.

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; neandertal; neandertals; neanderthal; neanderthals
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1 posted on 03/04/2013 11:15:04 AM PST by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 03/04/2013 11:21:47 AM PST by Adams (Fight on!)
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To: BenLurkin; sionnsar; abigailsmybaby; A CA Guy; airborne; Aloysius88; Altariel; Americanwolf; ...

No comment from me ping.


3 posted on 03/04/2013 11:22:10 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: BenLurkin

4 posted on 03/04/2013 11:22:42 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Here once the embattled farmers stood... And fired the shot heard round the world.)
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To: BenLurkin
does anyone have the "Killer bunny skit" from Monty Python's Holy Grail

5 posted on 03/04/2013 11:22:48 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: BenLurkin
Neanderthal rabbits were considerably more hearty than their modern day cousins.


6 posted on 03/04/2013 11:23:56 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: BenLurkin
Monty Python-Killer Rabbit - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmu5sRIizdw

7 posted on 03/04/2013 11:25:52 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: BenLurkin; SunkenCiv
thanks, for the post.
science ping!

8 posted on 03/04/2013 11:28:11 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: BenLurkin; Slings and Arrows

9 posted on 03/04/2013 11:29:15 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!

10 posted on 03/04/2013 11:32:51 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Humans may have eaten more rabbits than Neanderthals”

Wonder what a Neanderthal tastes like.


11 posted on 03/04/2013 11:35:45 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Got a problem? Nothing a drone strike can't fix.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Them bunnies be some vicisous bastards they are.


12 posted on 03/04/2013 11:37:08 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: skinkinthegrass

13 posted on 03/04/2013 11:37:45 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: a fool in paradise

I *warned* you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you *knew*, didn’t you? Oh, it’s just a harmless little *bunny*, isn’t it?


14 posted on 03/04/2013 11:38:04 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

Run away! Run away!


15 posted on 03/04/2013 11:39:18 AM PST by RPTMS
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To: BenLurkin

Ancestors of Jimmah Carter?


16 posted on 03/04/2013 11:40:33 AM PST by bgill
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To: Puppage

Bunnies

17 posted on 03/04/2013 11:43:55 AM PST by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: BenLurkin

Thus endeth the great “Duck season!/ Wabbit season!” debate.


18 posted on 03/04/2013 11:45:29 AM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: BenLurkin

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you’re going to fall


19 posted on 03/04/2013 11:47:37 AM PST by OKRA2012
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To: BenLurkin

Too busy looking at the centerfolds to hunt and gather?


20 posted on 03/04/2013 11:48:52 AM PST by dmz
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To: Darksheare

21 posted on 03/04/2013 11:48:52 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: a fool in paradise

They could have used the holy hand grenade of Antioch.


22 posted on 03/04/2013 11:51:03 AM PST by ALPAPilot
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Missed it by less than a minute.


23 posted on 03/04/2013 11:52:42 AM PST by Sawdring
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To: BenLurkin
And Who Ya Gonna Call!


24 posted on 03/04/2013 11:53:08 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: EQAndyBuzz
“Humans may have eaten more rabbits than Neanderthals”

>>Wonder what a Neanderthal tastes like.

If there had been Neanderthals in Indonesia when Barack was growing up, he'd know.

25 posted on 03/04/2013 11:53:50 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Dead Corpse

26 posted on 03/04/2013 11:57:12 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: BenLurkin

And thus the story of the Eater Bunny was born.


27 posted on 03/04/2013 11:58:43 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: BenLurkin
so much for vegan-ism...
28 posted on 03/04/2013 11:59:01 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Darksheare

29 posted on 03/04/2013 11:59:47 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: eCSMaster

Well played sir. Well played indeed!


30 posted on 03/04/2013 12:01:22 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: BenLurkin

I seem to recall some nut who is writing a story about killer rabbits...


31 posted on 03/04/2013 12:02:23 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: eCSMaster; dmz

32 posted on 03/04/2013 12:02:57 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: a fool in paradise

33 posted on 03/04/2013 12:04:40 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Chode

34 posted on 03/04/2013 12:08:24 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: BenLurkin
My research shows that Neanderthrals failed to consult with Hefner!

Catching Bunnies is simple!

35 posted on 03/04/2013 12:08:32 PM PST by Young Werther (Julius Caesar said "Quae cum ita sunt. Since these things are so.".)
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To: count-your-change
Eater Bunny? OK ...

 photo 1easterrbunny_zps808ace5f.jpg

36 posted on 03/04/2013 12:09:25 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: count-your-change

HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYR2cJO2dzM


37 posted on 03/04/2013 12:11:39 PM PST by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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To: Doogle
LOL...
38 posted on 03/04/2013 12:14:02 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: BenLurkin
looks like she just shot a hole through her ear...
39 posted on 03/04/2013 12:15:45 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Yessir!


40 posted on 03/04/2013 12:22:00 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

I’d eat that...


41 posted on 03/04/2013 12:25:20 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Chode

Vegan is an Algonquin word for lousy hunter.


42 posted on 03/04/2013 12:31:40 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: BenLurkin
This is exactly the problem with these "researchers"...

"They may have been less able to cooperate. Rather than using spears, early humans probably surrounded a warren and flushed out rabbits with fire, smoke or dogs."

No common sense what so every.

43 posted on 03/04/2013 12:36:17 PM PST by gilor (Pull the wool over your own eyes!)
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To: BenLurkin

We can all have a lot of fun with this nonsense. But, of course, Neanderthals never actually existed. If there ever were any “other kinds of humans,” they would have been explained in Genesis. Also: 30,000 years ago? The Earth has not been here nearly that long!


44 posted on 03/04/2013 12:46:35 PM PST by GodAndCountryFirst
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
100%
45 posted on 03/04/2013 12:47:13 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Sawdring
Missed it by less than a minute.

Yeah...go figure. I'm actually supposed to be working. Or rather, paying attention to the training class I'm in.

46 posted on 03/04/2013 1:20:31 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Here once the embattled farmers stood... And fired the shot heard round the world.)
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To: BenLurkin

Neanderthals were too stupid to hunt rabbits (and other small game) or food? They deserve to be extinct if that is true. Perhaps they were just too lazy to have to bag twenty four pound rabbits to replace one eighty pound deer. Again, if so they deserve to be extinct.

I seem to remember P.J. O’Rourke writing about the “famine” in the Horn of Africa. He mentioned driving by corn fields and pastures with cattle, sheep, and goats in them and remarking that stuff looked like food to him. (The “famines” were caused by the war lords, i.e., politicians throughout the region.)

I also remember my fifth grade teacher telling the class about the German’s reaction to the heavy infusion of American grain to Europe after World War II. “Corn ist fur schwein!” A lot of Germans refused to eat corn because Germans fed corn to pigs! They apparently would rather be hungry than to eat grits or cornbread. They were too stupid to survive and likely only did so because the U.S. State Deparment switched to shipping wheat instead of corn.


47 posted on 03/04/2013 2:03:53 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: BenLurkin
Rabbits were meaner in the olden days.


48 posted on 03/04/2013 2:28:33 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Soylent Green is Boomers)
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To: BenLurkin

49 posted on 03/04/2013 3:04:18 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (I think, therefore I am what I yam, and that's all I yam - "Popeye" Descartes)
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To: Adams

When I was little visiting my grandparents in Ohio, they served rabbit that my grandfather had hunted. I thought I would die.

Between hunting, gardening, canning, and making wine from their grapes, they did not spend much on food. They had a pond nearby for fish. They traded with a neighbors for chicken, beef, eggs, cheese and milk.

They loved their lifestyle and neighbors in the country. My grandfather was a meter reader and one of the few in their town to keep a job through the depression. My grandparents supplied the church with wine for services and fed a lot of people in the congregation. Grandma said it was like fish and loaves. She has no idea how they produced and provided so much food.


50 posted on 03/04/2013 6:17:47 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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