Study: Neanderthal’s Eyes ‘Too Large’

    FILE - The March 20, 2009 file photo shows the prehistoric Neanderthal man "N", left, as he is visited for the first time by another reconstruction of a homo neanderthalensis called "Wilma", right, at the Neanderthal museum in Mettmann, Germany. The world famous  fossil "N" is estimated being about 40.000 years old; "Wilma" was built by Dutch artists Alfons and Adrie Kennis for the National Geographic magazine on a skeleton from the American museum of natural history in New York. Theories about when the last Neanderthals walked the Earth may have to be revised, according to a study that suggests they became extinct in their last refuge in Spain much earlier than previously thought. Previous dating of bone fossils found at Neanderthal sites in the region put the youngest at about 35,000 years. But researchers from Australia and Europe re-examined the bones using an improved method to filter out contamination and concluded that the remains are about 50,000 years old.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)

    Reconstructed Neanderthal in German museum. (Martin Meissner/AP)

    You guys, my eyes are, like, huge. A new study released by the Proceedings of the Royal Society B journal Wednesday proposes that Neanderthals became extinct because of their large eyes. The research concludes that this feature cost them high-level processing as they dedicated a larger amount of time to seeing in the dark. While they were busy being big-eyed, Homo sapiens were able to sneak in and create “warmer clothes and develop larger social networks” that were crucial to survival in the Ice Age.

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