September 12, 2007

THEY COULD TELL YOU WERE A MAN OF DISTINCTION:

Neanderthal Vanishing Act: Case Closed? (Richard Ingham, 9/12/07, AFP)

Neanderthals, smaller and squatter than Homo sapiens sapiens, as anatomically modern man is called, lived in parts of Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East for around 170,000 years. [...]

If climate didn't kill the Neanderthals, what — or who — did?

Two rival theories are out there.

One says that the Neanderthals were slaughtered by modern humans, who had the stone tools and the social smarts to wipe out their rivals for food and habitat.

Another says that Neanderthals and modern Man intermingled and even interbred. If so, the distinct Neanderthal lineage petered out but left an imprint in the human genome that probably survives in us today.


What species are the Dutch?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2007 3:56 PM
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