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Originally posted by Byrd
The lice and the wading have been mentioned before -- and let me tell you this can be a reat hot topic among paleontologists.
Truth is, we don't know HOW much hair our ancestors had. They are DRAWN as hairy, but there's no real evidence that they had any more body hair than what we see now. The mummies (almost all homo sapiens) we find aren't that fuzzy.
And if you clean up the Neanderthals to give them the same amount of body hair that we have, they look surprisingly ... well... modern.
The "hairy human" was originally drawn to imply that these earlier humans were more "savage" or more "primitive" than we are today. However, this is artistic license.
The earliest hominids (Australopithecus and before) may have had very little body hair.