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As far as intelligence goes there is even some merit to the idea that writing could have lowered it - think of the difference, people used to memorize whole epics by word of mouth only.
Yup...people used to talk a whole lot more to each other. We`ve become a society that is rather private and our vast reserves of knowledge are stored in electronic equipment that could disappear with an EMP Blast.
I'm pretty well aware of that. Sometimes you've got to at a little devils advocate though to get a different context or way of looking at the problem.
In fact, I suspect that many major events were passed down by word of mouth and might even show themselves in religious or epic texts to this day, which may have been attempts to permanently record tales for the first time, like the Great Flood, for one example.
'Manimals' are common shamanist themes and occur across many cultures. That's a portable piece of stone age art made by a hunter gatherer. Not some relic of a lost civilisation. All the tech from sites of that age are stone age, made of stone of bone and ivory. Nothing 'lost tech' about it at all.
I agree there's nothing "lost tech" about the making of this statue. The "lost tech" is what it is based on...genetic engineering (as one of many explanations of Sphinxes and Hybrids put forward in this thread)
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I agree, the ears don't look right. I think they are a part of the hoody the model was wearing. They are too small for a lions ears.
I could see that skull inside of that head. We have no idea what the nose looked like.
The neanderthal was an apex predator, up to three or four hundred pounds, and far stronger than modern man. This was an intelligent gorilla, that even lions feared. Our bones compared to their bones, would be like comparing broom sticks to shovel handles.
In all the pictures of neanderthals, they look like a human chimp crossbreed, or these days much more human, but what if neanderthals looked much more like a predator, more like a lion. This statue looks like a very powerful humanoid, which is how the neanderthal would have looked.
Maybe the nose was much more extensive than imagined. An extensive cartilage that created an extensive cavity that allowed the air to warm before it got to the lungs. This would then mean that the eyes would be more separated, more like a predator.
Just kicking out ideas here.
It's just some caveman's idea of what his spirit/animal god would look like.You see the same sort of things in hunter gatherers all over, they venerate animal spirits, often dressing up as them. I don't see anything interesting in this except archaeologically.
Whatisstriking,however,is that the Neandertals have the greatest mean measures of leverage for both muscle (and by a considerable margin). Combined with evidence of greater advantage and range of action for M. biceps insupination
(51–52), this may reflect the need for powerful forearm flexion and supination in spear thrusting.
The overall pattern of upper limb muscularity and leverage in Neanderthals is consistent with predatory behavior involving close contact with prey,in which muscular effort was critical to hunting success.
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My understanding is the Neanderthal strength is being re-considered, and so then should the body weight.
Somewhere out there I remember a link that shows Neanderthal bone size was closer to a gorilla than a human.
Muscle is heavy, which means neanderthals probably had greater body density. Gorillas are about the same height as Neanderthals were, which means that is is possible that neanderthal weight was closer to 300 pounds, more like gorillas
My point is that we still know very little about what Neanderthals actually looked like.
It is possible they looked like this carving.
With the hoody.
I`ll go with what the ancients said they were. For instance in Greek Mythology they say that the hybrids are the result of Gods mixing with humans. And the Religions say that there were God(s) that didn't at all approve of such mixing and therefore wiped the civilization out with a flood. That's good enough for me, why build constructs over what the ancients report. It seems arrogant to me to dismiss their globally consistent tales...which is what modern historians and archaeologists are doing.edit on 2014 by Skyfloating because: (no reason given)
Hey, I'm not seeing it, but ill let you have the hoodie AND the beard lol. Just because I don't agree with your impressions or interpretations of this piece doesn't mean that I'm not open to looking into them. You can't learn if your mind is closed to opposing thoughts or interpretations.