Some articles reporting these new datings of Iberian Neandertals placing them 10,000 years earlier then they were previously are also insisting then there is no way modern humans interacted with Neandertals as modern humans were not in the same place at the same time. (That Nature article isn’t one of them, but this EurekAlert does.) That’s nice, but the genetics studies already show Neandertals and humans did interact, perhaps not in Iberia, but somewhere. I reckon that it’s just science journalists who haven’t accepted the genetics proofs are just ahead of the curve of the fossil evidence.

There’s another study arguing earlier dates for modern humans out of Africa than 60,000 years ago, in multiple dispersals.  (via Dienekes.) Even if Neandertals all went extinct earlier than thought, not just the ones in the Iberian peninsula, they still had the opportunity to interact with modern humans, as they were already in Europe.

2 thoughts on “new dating of Iberian Neandertals

  1. The multiple-wave theory is interesting. Anthropologists have spilled a lot of ink debating when ancient humans first developed a capacity for complex thought. What joy to see anthropologists themselves proposing complex solutions to the problems that they address! Hopefully, it’s catching and the linguists will be next.

    We still have the Levantine Neandertals, which so far as I know provide an opportunity for interbreeding.

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