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Volcanic eruption near Naples may have killed Neanderthals


London, June 3 - Some researchers are suggesting
that Neanderthals were driven to extinction by a massive
volcanic eruption near Naples.
The suggestion is one of the topics under debate this week
at a conference at London's British Museum examining what forces
led to the destruction of the Neanderthals and what led to the
triumph of the homo sapiens.
One new theory holds that a gigantic eruption of the
volcano in the Campi Flegrei area near Naples 39,000 years ago
was catastrophic for the Neanderthals.
That was the biggest volcanic eruption in Europe for more
than 200,000 years and scientists say that its enormous plumes
of ash would have blotted out the sun for months, or possibly
And that, in turn, would have caused temperatures to
plummet and filled the atmosphere with toxic matter that may
have contributed to the end of the Neanderthals.
But not all scientists agree.
Some argue the Neanderthals were already extinct before the
This is just one of the major issues at the conference
called: "When Europe was covered by ice and ash".
At the meeting scientists will also try to understand why
homo sapiens are the only species left today and why other
version of humanity died out.

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