Earlier Neandertal demise suggested by redating

Improved radiocarbon method suggests the group died out longer ago than thought

By Erin Wayman, 14:30 PM February 4, 2013

The story of the Neandertals may need a new ending, a controversial study suggests. Using improved radiocarbon methods, scientists redated two of the youngest known Neandertal cave sites and concluded that they are at least 10,000 years older than previous studies have found.

The findings cast doubt on the reliability of radiocarbon dates from other recent Neandertal sites, the researchers suggest online February 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This means the last ...

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