According to the latest researches conducted by scientists from Spain and Gibraltar suggest that our present apocalyptic nightmare, climate change, could have also been the reason of Neanderthals‘ extinction some 24 thousand years ago. Let’s look at the new discoveries without asking the old question “Does history repeat itself?” again. BBC News reports:

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Neanderthal skull from Forbes Quarry, Gibraltar  Image: Gibraltar Museum

Small pockets of Neanderthals clung on in the south (Image: Gibraltar Museum)

A sharp freeze could have dealt the killer blow that finished off our evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals, according to a new study.

The ancient humans are thought to have died out in most parts of Europe by about 35,000 years ago.

And now new data from their last known refuge in southern Iberia indicates the final population was probably beaten by a cold spell some 24,000 years ago.

The research is reported by experts from the Gibraltar Museum and Spain.

They say a climate downturn may have caused a drought, placing pressure on the last surviving Neanderthals by reducing their supplies of fresh water and killing off the animals they hunted.

Neanderthals appear in the fossil record about 350,000 years ago and, at their peak, these squat, physically powerful hunters dominated a wide range, spanning Britain and Iberia in the west to Israel in the south and Uzbekistan in the east.

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