Neanderthal big eyes ’caused demise’: “A study of Neanderthal skulls suggests that they went extinct because they had larger eyes than our species.”
A study in the Royal Society Biological Research Journal (B Journal) suggests a partial reason for Neanderthal extinction occurred because they had larger eyes than Homo Sapiens.
A research team explored the idea that the ancestor of Neanderthals left Africa and had to adapt to the longer, darker nights and murkier days of Europe. The result was that Neanderthals evolved larger eyes and a much larger visual processing area at the back of their brains.
(Via BBC News.)