Neanderthals Grew Fast, but Sexual Maturity Came Late
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.
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