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The overall explanation for why Neanderthals went extinct while we survived, of course, is more complicated. Emerging evidence points to the idea that Neaderthals were smarter than previously thought, though perhaps not smart enough to outmaneuver humans for resources. But not all of them had to—in another major 2010 discovery,a team of researchers compared human and Neanderthal genomes and found evidence that our ancestors in Eurasia may have interbred with Neanderthals, preserving a few of their genes amidst our present-day DNA.
But not all of them had to—in another major 2010 discovery,a team of researchers compared human and Neanderthal genomes and found evidence that our ancestors in Eurasia may have interbred with Neanderthals, preserving a few of their genes amidst our present-day
originally posted by: borntowatch
I guess they only used less than 10% of their brain
but still if its bigger than homosapien brains then they still use more than us, this is a stupid study based on absolutely nothing but assumption, conjecture and 10% brain stupidity
Some people make stuff up with out thinking
originally posted by: 0bserver1
Comparing the size of those skulls you would suggest they were much robust and larger then the homosapien.
So reading this I would think it's other way around . That they raped the homosapien woman to cause the interbreed?
originally posted by: Xtrozero
It has been suggested that we were hunter-gathers that followed the herds south as the ice age grew and that the Neanderthals were more fishermen, gathers, farmers and so did not move as the ice age overcame them to a point they could not recover from. In the end it was all luck for us since we got down to about 10,000 humans on the planet and that is why there is little DNA diversity in humans today.
Yes, the skulls are contemporary. From the article-
One other question...is that homo sapiens scull as old as the Neanderthals? Who is to say we were smarter back then...
comparing the skulls of 13 Neanderthals who lived 27,000 to 75,000 years ago to 32 human skulls from the same era.
Lastly there wasn't much interbreeding past a very early stage of homo sapiens since the Neanderthals genome is a very low percentage across most of the population. If there was, lets say in the last 60,000 years, we would have spikes of more percentages in our population and we do not.
originally posted by: peter vlar
I would disagree with their lack of mobility. Post Toba as temperatures dropped globally, this expanded the available habitat for Neanderthal and we see some populations moving into the Middle East into what is present day Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.
In regards to when we interbred with Neanderthal... according to Svante Paabo at the Max Planck Institute who is pretty much THE game in town as far as genetic sequencing of paleoanthropological remains, has, based on new tests, determined that it occurred approximately 50-60KYA when they(HSN) were already on the decline. The degree of their genetic influence on us has more to do with them being essentially eliminated as a wholly separate species by ~40KYA and then more migrations into Europe slowly diluting the hybrids over time. The hybridization is almost exclusive to European AMH with some ingression from back migration into Africa 3-6KYA leading to smaller percentages in parts of Africa as well as from European colonialism of the 16-19th centuries introducing some more HNS genes into those populations.
originally posted by: CAPT PROTON
Here's what happened. Interbreeding was just the start, but it was after the number of hybrids amassed to a sufficient
age to do their damage. Lets take a more modern look at it using bees. What happened when they bred together the
african honey bee with the european honey bee? They got a vicious little killer bee thats very territorial. I surmise the same thing happened. The hybrids killed off the neanderthals and drove the africans out of europe and asia, and basically just drove them back to africa. Too smart for their neanderthal competition, and just a tad stronger than their african competition after intellect had been equalized. Lets face it, the hybrids have never stopped killing or cooking up news ways to kill people in large numbers with brutal efficiency.