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Dental evolutionary rates and its implications for the Neanderthal–modern human divergence

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Science Advances  15 May 2019:
Vol. 5, no. 5, eaaw1268
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw1268

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  • Neanderthal-modern divergence c. 1 Ma?
    • Marc Verhaegen, Medical Doctor, Study Center for Anthropology, B-2580 Belgium.

    Beautiful study! However, there might indeed have been "hitherto unexplained mechanisms (that) sped up dental evolution in early Neanderthals." Although Neanderthal and modern diets probably strongly overlapped, anatomical (comparative biology) and isotopic data suggest there might have been some shifts in diet and food processing (e.g. tools, fire) between them and us, which might have sped up dental evolutionary rates, google e.g. "coastal dispersal of Pleistocene Homo 2019 Verhaegen".

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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