a reply to: watchitburn
They were a more or less equal species but they had one major flaw, there larger musculature meant they had a higher metabolic rate and required far
more callories than a modern human or our even more efficiant hunter gatherer ancestor's required, this meant they had less time for the
accoutrement's of culture when the game was becoming scarce as they also ate far more meat then we do but they were certainly not the bumbling idiot's
saying "ug" that popular victorian fiction made out and buried there dead with red ochre so had religion and ceremony, they made tool's and what
survives is only the stone so we truly do not know how advanced there wood craft may have been and I have to agree that it means that especially
during more plentiful times some tribe's or offshoot's of the neanderthal race's may indeed have been capable of civilization but so far we have not
identified any neanderthal city's of town's though there are supposedly remnants of 500 thousand year of three sided beach hut's in japan which may
have had a animal skin of fabric fourth side, there wide distribution around the world also suggests they where capable of navigation of water though
land bridges are the only provable path to survive for our ruminations.
As for city's and town's there are many enigmatic structures and anomoly's around the world from rock wall texas to many other sites, most of the
northern hemisphere has suffered severe glaciation so that would have scoured many possible interglacial sites and when it was at the height of
glaciation given that they may also have fished there possible sites would be in areas now submerged while the windswept hinterland were we now live
as it was then was not really a desirable location except for there more primitive tribes of hunters and gatherer's.
Cro magnon was probably faster, lighter and had a higher birth rate, there ability to move around on less calories made them superior hunters and
they thrived eventually displacing or starving off the remaining neanderthal tribes, this lower calorific requirement also meant cro magnon had more
time for art and culture with the accompanying ceremony and society's.
The bones of a neanderthal were far thicker and there musculature far larger, they often had broken bone's but cared for there sick so they healed
and we find that often they lived even when they could no longer hunt so they were simply people whom cared about one another like many tribal people
of today, There more rudimentary stone work may simply be down to if it works why change it when you do not have time to do much other then hunt and
when we look at them we really should see ourselves in there lives.
When modern mans' ancestors encountered them it appears both community's copyed off of one another though modern man was truly in many way's
superior, more efficiant metabolism meaning longer hunting expedition's and better tool use to make up for there weaker build and as time progressed
modern man gained larger brains on average though today you will find many people with brains smaller than the larger neanderthal cranium's could hold
and not dim whitted modern people either.
Where is seem's we differed mentally is not so much in the size of our brains but in our expression of art and most cave painting's can undeniably be
traced to out of africa cro magnon people's and art is a form of abstract expression that maybe the neanderthal where capable of understanding but not
emulating, with that came our other abstract idea's.
Physic's, advanced mathematic's, astrology, and religion (which the neanderthal's seem to have had so maybe this is wrong) all seem to have benefited
as did planning and organization from this shared artistic trait (the use of make up by neanderthal would also seem to disprove this as well so?) and
as has been pointed out we are a hybrid descendant so in truth the neanderthal are not extinct at all and may be right here, now where did I put that
club (they probably used stone/flint tipped spears but the bow seem's to have originated long after there time) there is a nice tasty mastodon
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