August 13, 2006

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS SPECIES:

Sleep with Neanderthals? Apparently we (homo Sapiens) did (Faye Flam, 8/13/06, The Philadelphia Inquirer)

No longer does science consider them our direct ancestors but some suspect Neanderthals and modern homo Sapiens interbred during the 20,000 some-odd years we co-existed in Europe.

We are they.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 13, 2006 8:20 PM
Comments

Where do you think the backhair gene originated?

Posted by: Tom C.,Stamford,Ct. at August 13, 2006 9:18 PM

That took almost 58 minutes. We've got to work on that.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at August 13, 2006 9:31 PM

Together in perfect harmony, kind of like ebony and ivory!

Posted by: Dave W at August 13, 2006 11:41 PM

That explains John Derbyshire...

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at August 14, 2006 12:22 AM

Loren Eisley: The Last Neanderthal. If we interbred, we weren't distinctive species, were we?

Posted by: jd watson at August 14, 2006 4:45 AM

As I started researching this issue, I found myself staring at a picture of a nude Neanderthal man — a forensic sculpture created by Duke University paleoanthropologist Steve Churchill that was published last year in the journal Science. The model, based on a skeleton found at La Ferrassie in France, is mesmerizing. To be honest, he's really not half bad looking. He's got a good, muscular body, and while he's nobody's idea of handsome, that could be forgiven if he had a nice personality or I was starving and he offered to throw some rhino steaks on the fire for me.

Finally, science reveals how women evolved to fall for bad boys.

Posted by: Peter B at August 14, 2006 6:45 AM

Cross species dating? Big deal. Haven't these guys heard of the Enumclaw Barn Dance?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 14, 2006 10:58 AM
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