Massive environmental stress caused by the abrupt switching of magnetic poles about 42,000 years ago may have triggered mass extinctions, including that of Neanderthals, according to findings published in Science. Researchers correlated extinctions and behavioral changes with fluctuations in climate using carbon dating data gleaned from the fossils of ancient trees.
Pole reversal may have caused extinctions 42K years ago
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