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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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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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