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Wintertime stress, nursing, and lead exposure in Neanderthal children

Smith, T. M.; Austin, Christine; Green, Daniel R; Joannes-Boyau, Renaud; Bailey, Shara; Dumitriu, Dani; Fallon, Stewart; Grun, Rainer; James, Hannah F; Moncel, Marie-Hélène; Williams, Ian; Wood, Rachel; Arora, Manish


Scholars endeavor to understand the relationship between human evolution and climate change. This is particularly germane for Neanderthals, who survived extreme Eurasian environmental variation and glaciations, mysteriously going extinct during a cool interglacial stage. Here, we integrate weekly records of climate, tooth growth, and metal exposure in two Neanderthals and one modern human from southeastern France. The Neanderthals inhabited cooler and more seasonal periods than the modern...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Science Advances
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9483
Access Rights: Open Access


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