Potential Causes of Extinction of Neanderthals

Potential Causes of Extinction of Neanderthals

Neanderthals are the subspecies of genus homo become extinct forty thousand years from now. Neanderthals are known for their large cranial capacity followed by the robust body. Despite having the entire requirement for survival Neanderthal become extinct from the earth.

Neanderthals are widely popular in the scientific world. Recently researches are trying to use the Neanderthal DNA to revive this extinct species. Advocate claims that reviving Neanderthal will solve present world problems due to their huge brain size compared to humans.

There are various theories about the cause of the disappearance of Neanderthal. None of the theories around can precisely predict the cause of extinction of Neanderthal.

Causes of Extinction of Neanderthal

Lack of Hierarchy

Neanderthal lacks the hierarchy which makes them unfit for harassing the resources.


There are theories that claimed that disease transmitted from our ancestor is the cause of extinction of Neanderthal.


There might have the interbreeding between other species like the Cro-Magnon result into the extinction of species.

Mental Acumen

Our ancestor starts keeping the dog for hunting purpose. This boosts the hunting potential resulting in beneficial for the survival of our species. Our ancestors are good at harness the resource then Neanderthal.

Climate Change

Climate change might have the adverse impact in harassing the resources. Despite having cloth for worth excessive requirement of energy for hunting might have triggered the extinction of Neanderthal.

Natural Calamities

Natural calamities like the volcanic eruption might have triggered the extinction of this species.

Survival of Fittest

Our migrated ancestor from Africa might have massacred the Neanderthal. Humans are better at hunting than the Neanderthal. Some also point out the violence between our ancestors and Neanderthal as the cause of their disappearance.


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