@sonhousesaid "The old story goes we won, beating out Neandertals because we were smarter, better hunters and innovators."
From an article in the latest Scientific American.
The gist of that is it was none of the above.
Neandertals were stronger, had bigger brains and could probably crush a modern human in ten seconds.
The new view is our superpower as a species was 'self dom ...[text shortened]... the next generation did not have to redo the effort of the last generation. Our hidden superpower.
Don't overlook the Denisovans.
"Denisovans apparently interbred with modern humans, with about 3–5% of the
DNA of Melanesians and Aboriginal Australians and around 6% in Papuans deriving
rom Denisovans. Denisovans may have interbred with modern humans in New Guinea
as recently as 15,000 years ago."