Dieneke's Anthropology Blog, another great blog devoted to anthropology and human origins, has a link to an article claiming that Neandertals may have "cannibalized" themselves into extinction. The claim is that a form of prion disease, sometimes called kuru in some places, helped kill them off, because they, um, ate each other. My question is, what is it with Neandertals and purported cannibalism, anyway? People are always attributiing cannibalism to this group of people(whoever and whatever they were). But there's no context. . . .Oh well. I suppose theories like these add something to our knowledge of the prehistoric past.