September 14, 2006

IN FACT, WE SURVIVE STILL:

Neanderthals may have lived longer than thought (ANNE MCILROY, 9/14/06, Globe and Mail)

They may have been the last of the Neanderthals, living in a cave on the southern edge of Europe long after modern humans dominated the continent.

Researchers excavating a cave in Gibraltar, near the southern tip of Spain, have found evidence that Neanderthals survived at least 2,000 years longer than previously believed.


Neandertals Had Long Childhoods, Tooth Study Suggests (James Owen, September 20, 2005, National Geographic News)
Our prolonged childhoods make us Homo sapiens unique among primates. Scientists have a theory to explain this lengthy maturation process: Our brains need many years of learning and physical growth before we're equipped for the complexities of human living.

Now a new study says we weren't the only humans who took their time growing up. Analysis of Neandertal teeth suggests that the extinct species had similarly lengthy childhoods.


And still do.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2006 10:21 AM
Comments

""We" survive still"

Speak for yourself, oh hairy-backed one.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 14, 2006 12:13 PM

We're in your woodpile too.....

Posted by: oj at September 14, 2006 12:17 PM

Give my regards to Fred and Wilma.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at September 14, 2006 2:56 PM

Ever notice how the eyebrowns are just where one would use eye shadow to simulate a brow overhang? And how shocking a person looks without eye brows? Possibly a divinely guided evolutionary cosmesis to keep the ugly flatfaces from dying out?

Posted by: Paula R. Robinson MD at September 14, 2006 3:10 PM
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