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Neandertals Didn't Drive Mammoths Over the Edge

Neandertals have been cleared of a mammoth massacre. The ancient humans had been accused of driving mass amounts of woolly mammoths off a cliff at La Cotte de St Brelade on Jersey, but a research team that reconstructed the area’s landscape back then now contends that the beasts would have never ventured to the top of the plateau in the first place; it was too rocky and uneven a path. The new hypothesis, which the team outlines in Antiquity, is that the heaps of bone discovered at the foot of the cliff were brought there by Neandertals to use for making fires and building shelter.

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