ear infections

This shows a picture of the CET reconstruction over a model of a neanderthal

Did a common childhood illness take down the Neanderthals?

First anatomical reconstruction of the Neanderthal cartilaginous Eustachian tube (CET) indicates the tubal morphology may have predisposed them to high rates of otitis media, a common childhood ear infection. The susceptibility to ear infections may have compromised their fitness and ability to compete within their niche. This may have contributed to their rapid extinction.... Read More...