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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: 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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To: skinkinthegrass; BenLurkin

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks skinkinthegrass for the ping, thanks BenLurkin for the topic.
The Neandertal Enigma
by James Shreeve

in local libraries
"Frayer's own reading of the record reveals a number of overlooked traits that clearly and specifically link the Neandertals to the Cro-Magnons. One such trait is the shape of the opening of the nerve canal in the lower jaw, a spot where dentists often give a pain-blocking injection. In many Neandertal, the upper portion of the opening is covered by a broad bony ridge, a curious feature also carried by a significant number of Cro-Magnons. But none of the alleged 'ancestors of us all' fossils from Africa have it, and it is extremely rare in modern people outside Europe." [pp 126-127]
Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


51 posted on 03/04/2013 7:33:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
thanks, for the ping.

52 posted on 03/05/2013 10:09:05 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: GodAndCountryFirst

Yeahbut...why would you want to walk in on a somewhat interesting discussion and inflame it into a foolish and stupid argument? [cf. 2 Tim. 2:23]

Really. Who has the time for it?

Neither The Creed, nor the epistles give any detail beyond the simple affirmation that God is The Creator, which should be a VERY strong indicator as to the priority the Apostles put on conjectures about man’s origins.

Christianity has ONE Commission, and it is solely concerned with man’s FUTURE; NOT his past. Of what eternal value is an iron-clad argument clearly defining the exact means by which man came to be so long as the man, himself, is going to Hell?

IS it NOT sufficient for this hour to merely affirm that — however God did it — man IS? Ought Christianity not be FAR more concerned that some FIVE BILLIONS among man’s fellows stand — at this very hour — upon the doorstep of Hell, in utter ignorance of the rescue wrought by God in Christ Jesus for the love of their fallen souls?


53 posted on 03/06/2013 7:05:59 PM PST by HKMk23 (Cultures succumb not to ideas, but to superior cultures. Invoke the "Super Culture." Matt. 9:38)
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To: BenLurkin; Dead Corpse

Lest I forget to note...

...WOW!

So this dyslexic guy walks into a bra ‘n’ he says, “BRATENDA! Come down heah ‘n’ set me up wit whatevah game it is SHE’S playin’. Make it snappy.”


54 posted on 03/08/2013 9:58:51 AM PST by HKMk23 (Cultures succumb not to ideas, but to superior cultures. Invoke the "Super Culture." Matt. 9:38)
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To: HKMk23

“Who cares the games we choose?
Little to win but nothing to lose.”


55 posted on 03/08/2013 12:09:43 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: HKMk23

Want to keep people from going to Hell? Turn them away from false modernist ideas like evolution, neo-pagan/new age ideas such as set theory (part of numerology), the homosexual agenda and the PC cult of “tolerance.”

Turn them back to the TRUTH found only in the Bible. Teach them the true age of the Earth and the supernatural means by which it was created. And THEN, teach them to obey and enforce God’s law in every realm of human existence.


56 posted on 03/15/2013 6:31:04 PM PDT by GodAndCountryFirst
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