Neanderthals Grew Fast, but Sexual Maturity Came Late

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Live fast, die young—this is how our closest relatives the Neanderthals were traditionally thought to progress through life.

But a new study of Neanderthal skeletons suggests the species grew quickly but reached sexual maturity later than so-called modern humans—and quite possibly survived to a ripe old age.

The study also suggests that Neanderthals had a harder time of child bearing and possibly child raising. As a result, modern humans may have simply outbred their heavy-browed rivals.

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Randll Reese Besch - 9/17/2008

That can be a very good 'strategy' for taking over and maintaining dominance from a rival species or sub-species. It would be homo sapients that was the rival predator or rival to the ecological nitch they both inhabited. Only one can survive with in any one chreode.