Scientific Methods

Sunday, March 12, 2006


The extinction of the Neanderthals could have been caused by their choosy appetites - they ate virtually nothing but meat, according to new a study.

"They were picky eaters," says Dr Paul Pettitt, at the University of Oxford, UK. "And this tells me that they are really unchanging - doing the same old thing year after year."
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  • i thik the Neanderthals died and Homo sapiens remained because Neanderthals had one type of a diet they only eat meat which provide them with proteins and Homo sapiens eat everything. why did Neanderthals choose to eat meat only? why didn't eat other food stuffs?

    By Blogger lethabo, at Thursday, March 16, 2006 4:09:00 PM  

  • Did we eat everything?

    David Vaughan

    By Blogger davidvaughan, at Thursday, March 16, 2006 6:46:00 PM  

  • i think that Homo sapiens survived because they ate everything, unlike the Neanderthals because they were the predators, they have to sweat before they eat and i believe that it is possible for a hunter not to hunt anything for more than two to three days.

    By Blogger Maleka Evelyn, at Friday, March 17, 2006 1:11:00 PM  

  • hi David

    that is a good question. i think we did not eat everything that is why we are not stronger than the previous generations so as the future generation won't be strong like us.

    By Blogger Maleka Evelyn, at Monday, March 20, 2006 9:40:00 AM  

  • I think Homo neanderthehals died out because they were the meat eaters and they were strangle to survive if their prey become scarce.The other thing is that they died out because they were killed by early human.Homo sapiens survived because they ate both meat and fruits from the tree.

    By Blogger lizzy, at Monday, March 20, 2006 4:08:00 PM  

  • You have good points - many species became extinct because they became too specialized - and Neanderthal seemed to be 100% carnivorous. The habitat was changing with forests opening up and their way of hunting which appeared to be sit and wait for prey and traps for prey. They appeared not to have throwing spears that went very far and were very physical in slaughtering of the prey - hence many rodeo style injuries (especially neck)

    By Anonymous Rich, at Monday, March 20, 2006 5:21:00 PM  

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    By Blogger Maleka Evelyn, at Thursday, March 30, 2006 12:55:00 PM  

  • this topic is booked for power point presentation. watch-out for more...i will be back in action

    By Blogger Maleka Evelyn, at Thursday, March 30, 2006 1:04:00 PM  

  • Guys i think there is a serious reason beyond their extinct because i don't believe it was only starvation that killed them.

    By Blogger Dianah Nangammbi, at Tuesday, April 11, 2006 11:22:00 AM  

  • They survive because they do not resrict themselves to any kind of nutrition.The kind of nutrition is either may be herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. therefore, this means that they eat everything.

    By Blogger linette, at Wednesday, May 31, 2006 4:12:00 PM  

  • Hi Dianah,May be the temperature changed,for example from hot to cold.Then, they failed to adapt to such condition.

    By Blogger Kedibone, at Wednesday, May 31, 2006 4:57:00 PM  

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