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    marc verhaegen

    Thank for this very interesting article.
    The answer to the question in the title is not so difficult IMO, and has been predicted (e.g. Verhaegen 2013 Hum.Evol. 28:237-266):
    Neanderthal fossils & remains are found in 2 environments:
    (1) river valleys e.g. oxbow lakes, typically with beavers & reeds,
    (2) coasts: Mediterranean, Atlantic coasts, Doggerland.
    We suggested they were wetland dwellers (e.g. traces of waterlily roots in dental plaque, and of cattails on their tools, consumption of fish e.g. salmon & herbivore carcasses etc.) who seasonally followed the river to the sea, where they collected shellfish, stranded mammals etc. (e.g. at Gibraltar: Stringer cs 2008 PNAS 105:14319-24).
    Littoral foods are richest in brain-specific nutrients: DHA (poly-unsaturated fatty acid), iodine, taurine, oligo-elements (e.g. S.Cunnane 2005 “Survival of the fattest”).
    Many modern humans still prefer hollidays near the sea: iodine in the air?

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When Ginger's original dream of writing the next great American novel didn’t quite work out she turned her thoughts to math and science. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, after which she spent 18 years employed with a city public works department which allowed her to write the great American mortgage check. But that's all behind her now (except for the mortgage) since she seized the opportunity to start a freelance writing career - can the novel be far behind? She lives in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States with her husband of 26 years (talk about history!) and when not at the computer enjoys cheering for her favorite football teams, home improvement projects and a good mystery novel. Her favorite points in History are those when engineering had a profound effect on the people of the time, from the Roman aqueduct of Segovia, c. A.D. 50, to the Panama Canal, c. 1914, to whatever's next.

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