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Old May 24 2014, 04:14 PM   #1
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volcanoes and history

I just came across something interesting. Some scientists think that the Archiflegreo volcano, near Naples, Italy, erupted c. 37,000-35,000 BC, driving out or eliminating Neanderthals there. This may have opened the door for modern humans (Aurignacians) to arrive there.

A similar fate apparently befell the Minoan culture, c. 1450 BC, when the Akrotiri/Santorini volcano erupted, and the Myceneaeans invaded them.

(I think this is what caused the tsunami that drowned the Pharaoh's chariots during the Israelites' exodus from Egypt!)

Interesting how some cultures may benefit from a major climatic event, while others lose out, isn't it?
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Old June 1 2014, 10:05 PM   #2
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Re: volcanoes and history

Krakatau has had a hand in history as well: (Kapi)

Tambora and Laki came within a few years of each other

Humans barely survived this sucker

Not even Yellowstone compares with flood basalt volcanism of the Deccan and Siberian traps.
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