Before Farming

Neanderthal energetics and spatial behaviour

Before Farming (2006), 2006, (3), 1–6.

Abstract

Recent studies indicate high energetic requirements for Neanderthals. The high requirements have behavioural implications, for example, related to the use of the landscape. Using a simple central place foraging model I show that Neanderthal energetic requirements can explain the main characteristics of the Middle Palaeolithic archaeological record, from the lack of features at sites to the limits of the Neanderthal range.

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Verpoorte, Alexander