October 31, 2006

... AND ANOTHER ONE GONE...:

Modern Humans, Neanderthals May Have Interbred (E.J. Mundell, Oct 30, 2006, HealthDay News)

There may be a little Neanderthal in all of us.

That's the conclusion of anthropologists who have re-examined 30,000-year-old fossilized bones from a Romanian cave -- bones that languished in a drawer since the 1950s. [...]

"From my perspective, the replacement vs. continuity debate that raged through the 1990s is now dead," said the study's American co-author, Erik Trinkaus, a professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Trinkaus comes down firmly on the side of the assimilation theory.

"To me, what happened is that the Neanderthals were [genetically] absorbed into and overwhelmed by modern humans coming into Europe from Africa, and they disappeared through this absorption," Trinkaus said.


Another species turns out to just be a variety.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2006 6:35 PM
Comments

I knew this long ago after reading Loren Eisley's "The Last Neanderthal".

Posted by: jd watson at November 1, 2006 4:57 AM

Neanderthals live?

I guess that explains nativists...

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at November 1, 2006 2:10 PM
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