martes, 17 de septiembre de 2013

Who was eating salmon 45,000 years ago in the Caucasus?

Why did anatomically modern humans replace Neandertals in Europe around 40,000 years ago?

The map shows the location of the Kudaro 3 cave in the Caucasian Mountains. (Credit: H. Bocherens/University of Tübingen)
One hypothesis suggests that Neandertals were rigid in their dietary choice, targeting large herbivorous mammals, such as horse, bison and mammoths, while modern humans also exploited a wider diversity of dietary resources, including fish. This dietary flexibility of modern humans would have been a big advantage when competing with Neandertals and led to their final success.

In a joint study, Professor Hervé Bocherens of the University of Tübingen, [...]

Journal Reference:
Hervé Bocherens, Gennady Baryshnikov, Wim Van Neer. Were bears or lions involved in salmon accumulation in the Middle Palaeolithic of the Caucasus? An isotopic investigation in Kudaro 3 cave. Quaternary International, 2013; DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2013.06.026

Actualización 21-09-13. ¿Quién comía salmón hace 45.000 años en el Cáucaso?