Anthropologist Pat Shipman claims:
Now, an anthropologist is suggesting these two facts may be related - and it was our close friendship with our canine associates that tipped the balance in favour of modern man. Pat Shipman said that the advantages that domesticating a dog brought for us were so fundamental to our own evolution, that it made us 'top dog' out of the competing primate species.Dogs lead us to where we are today.
The anthropologists in our secret basement laboratory have posited another theory, however. Their claim that human dominance over Neanderthals is more closely related to the development and use of fire: