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humans outnumbered Neanderthals in Europe

A swell of modern humans outnumbered Neanderthals in Europe by nearly 10 to one, forcing their extinction 40,000 years ago, suggested a study of French archaeology sites.

Scientists have long debated what caused the Neanderthals to die off making way for the more advanced Homo Sapiens who likely moved in from Africa.

The latest theory, published in the journal of Science, is based on a statistical analysis of artifacts and evidence from the Perigord region of southern France, where lies the largest concentration of Neanderthal and early modern human sites in Europe.

Researchers found more sites where modern humans settled, larger settlement areas, greater densities of tools and bigger amounts of food remains, suggesting Neanderthals were crowded out.

Homo Sapiens also likely had more elaborate social networks and possibly sharper brains, as evidenced by the stone tools and artwork they left behind which was much more advanced than Neanderthal creations.

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