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Neanderthals among us?

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Neanderthals among us?

Postby alan » Fri May 07, 2010 2:33 am

Ok, cue the late night comics.

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Re: Neanderthals among us?

Postby Ben » Fri May 07, 2010 2:44 am

Interesting article, Alan.
Thanks for posting!

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Re: Neanderthals among us?

Postby alan » Fri May 07, 2010 2:47 am

So who is your favorite Neanderthal? I'll start it off by voting for Dick Cheney,

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Postby retrofuturist » Fri May 07, 2010 2:53 am

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Re: Neanderthals among us?

Postby Ben » Fri May 07, 2010 2:57 am

How did I know this was the direction the thread was going to go??
And there I was holding back from saying...
Yet another article I'll have to hide from my wife!

In answer to your question, my (un)favourite people are Kevin Rudd (Australian PM) and David Bartlett (Premier of Tasmania). However, I think it would be insulting to Neanderthals if I referred to those two bottom-feeders as such.
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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Neanderthals among us?

Postby alan » Fri May 07, 2010 3:03 am

How about those who still argue against evolution? I say DNA test them all!

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Re: Neanderthals among us?

Postby Kare » Fri May 07, 2010 8:00 pm

In fact, I've been fascinated by the Neandertals for a long time. They were tough guys, surviving under difficult conditions for much longer than modern man has been around. I'm proud to count them among my ancestors.
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Re: Neanderthals among us?

Postby Pannapetar » Fri May 14, 2010 4:27 am

This is big news considering the long debate whether neanderthalensis and modern humans interbred. The popular idea that Neanderthals were somehow less intelligent or less developed than modern humans has no scientific justification whatsoever. Hence, any jokes about Neanderthal DNA are firmly based on ignorance. :tongue:

It has been suggested that the extinction of the Neanderthals was most likely due to the overwhelming aggressive behaviour of Cro-Magnon. The main support for this idea comes from the fact that the disappearance of the Neanderthals coincides with the migration of modern humans into Europe. Well, I've always found this hypothesis somewhat unlikely. Wiping out an entire species with flintstones and sharpened sticks? A stone age genocide? The Cro-Magnon must have been very thorough indeed! Of course, we might never know for sure, but now that we have established that the two subspecies interbred, this seems even more unlikely. I think it is more probable that the Cro-Magnon brought diseases against which the Neanderthals had no defences.

By the way, I grew up about 50 km away from the Neander valley, and I recall the trips with my parents to the Neanderthal museum located at the site, which I always enjoyed. I guess they have to reprint some of the plaques now, considering the newly gained knowledge.

Cheers, Thomas

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