Where'd everybody go? - news story - 03 Jun 2013

The disappearance of the Neanderthal

There used to be other peoples on our planet. Other than Homo sapiens, I mean. And not that long ago, in geological terms. Personally, I think it's a real shame they're gone, and we're left with chimpanzees as our closest relatvies. And they're hopeless at keeping in touch.

The best-known of the extinct hominins is Neanderthal. The much-maligned and misunderstood 'caveman' of the human evolution story. How and why the Neanderthal died out is the subject of a conference in London this week. It'll be interesting to see if more light can be shed on the mystery. You can read a little more on the conference by clicking here.