Neanderthal extinction and modern human behaviour: the role of climate change and clothing

  title={Neanderthal extinction and modern human behaviour: the role of climate change and clothing},
  author={Ian Gilligan},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  pages={499 - 514}
  • I. Gilligan
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Geography, Environmental Science
  • World Archaeology
Abstract Thermal considerations can help resolve two of the most challenging problems in later Palaeolithic archaeology – the demise of Neanderthals and the emergence of modern human behaviour. Both can be viewed as reflecting interactions between biological and behavioural cold adaptations, in the context of extreme climatic fluctuations during the Upper Pleistocene. Recent studies draw attention to the special difficulties these conditions posed for humans but few give sufficient regard to… 

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