Who Killed the Cave Art Star?

My last day of mental cleansing, similar to a colon cleansing, but different…….and my post form yesterday kinda goes in hand with today’s offering……..

I have said that I really enjoy the sciencey stuff…especially when I can throw it the face of someone……

My daughter and I have been arguing for years about the Neanderthals and the Cro-Magnon…..i say that they were a sub-species and she says that they are related and the cros killed them off through competition for the limited resources of the time ………she was training to be a forensic anthropologist at the time and we would almost come to blows in the arguments……FYI, we are still having the argument………

But what did kill the Neds?  Was it the competition that my daughter believes or what?  Well now i have a bit more ammunition for our next title bout……..

(Newser) – So we didn’t kill off the Neanderthals after all. That’s the conclusion of researchers who analyzed Neanderthal-bone DNA and deduced that most of them died off in Western Europe during the Ice Age, long before encountering modern humans. A small Neanderthal group lived on for about 10,000 more years after the near-extinction of their race around 50,000 years ago, the BBC reports.

“The fact that Neanderthals in Europe were nearly extinct, but then recovered, and that all this took place long before they came into contact with modern humans, came as a complete surprise,” says the study’s lead author. Their proof: Neanderthal DNA variation dropped off around the Ice Age, implying that survivors existed in a smaller group. Modern humans from the east were better able to handle the cold, the Daily Mail notes—but may not have survived if Neanderthals had also coped with the Ice Age.

It should be an interesting battle royal at the next meeting of the twisted minds society……