Term Paper: Human Evolution Is the Origin

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[. . .] Neanderthals skeleto-muscular system indicates that the species was robust and heavily muscled; distinctive facial features are characterized by a protruding mid-facial region. Though Neanderthals' heights are comparable those of modern humans, analysis of the Neanderthal pelvic bones indicates that Neanderthals pelvic bones were significantly longer than those of modern humans.

There are several conflicting hypotheses have been formulated in an attempt to explain the extinction and/or disappearance of Neanderthals. One such hypothesis formulated insinuates that Neanderthals became extinct due to climate changes or interaction with humans. It is also believed that Neanderthals interbred with H. sapiens and disappeared through absorption. Another hypothesis is that the Neanderthal disappeared due to a major natural disaster such as the Campanian ignimbrite volcanic super-eruption.

It is believed that modern humans' extended maturation may be an advantageous factor over Neanderthals. This extended maturation may have facilitated learning and complex cognition. Furthermore, evidence has been produced to indicate that overall development in Neanderthals was significantly faster than that in H. sapiens.

Modern scientific and anthropological discoveries continue to contribute to the study and understanding of Neanderthals as a society and a species or sub-species. Though differing perspectives on how Neanderthals lived and died will continue to arise, these differing opinions provide insight into how Neanderthals may have lived.

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Bradt, Steve. "Analysis of Teeth Suggests Modern Humans Mature More Slowly Than

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