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Life Span of Early Man Same as Neanderthals’

Erik Trinkaus, AAA member and anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis found that the longevity in early modern humans and in Neanderthals was about the same in his study featured in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study suggests that long life was not what helped the population of early modern human increase.

Trinkaus, quoted in an article of the same title by New York Times reporter Sindya Bhanoo, remarks “There must have been something else happening because the populations of early modern humans were expanding,” he said. “The last Neanderthal we know of lived about 40,000 years ago.” To read the complete article, click here.


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