The third recent paper  that returns us to the superior modern humans takes the biscuit. This is a very simple idea – Modern Humans ate the Neanderthals to extinction! Can you believe this? After a convoluted argument the authors concede that:
“Therefore, although at this time there is no clear evidence of widespread slaughter of Neanderthals by AMHs, this could simply be due to the taphonomical difficulty of preserving human remains.”
In other words, we have no evidence but we like the idea so why not? Let’s blame lack of evidence on poor preservation. Well, I would suggest that we adopt the alternative view: let’s find the evidence and then we can talk.
With this I rest my case: three recent papers, coming from different angles but all trying to cling on to the modern human superiority faith. I repeat a challenge that I have often made to the replacement gurus: show me one, just one, piece of conclusive evidence that modern humans out-competed, indirectly or more directly as this last paper claims, the Neanderthals. It’s simple really, get the data and the discussion will be over; in the process we will all be spared from this seemingly endless flow of speculation.
 P. Hortola, B. Martínez-Navarro (2013) The Quaternary megafaunal extinction and the fate of Neanderthals: An integrative working hypothesis. Quaternary International 295: 69-72