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With all we know about Neanderthal intelligence, the theory that modern
humans outlived their forebears because we were more cunning sort of loses
steam. Rather, we may have just been lucky. Last year
Stanford University evolutionary biologist Oren Kolodny published a paper
in *Nature Communications* that concluded that population dynamics and
favorable timing are the reason modern humans outlasted Neanderthals (i.e.
it was luck, not skill).

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