posted on Aug, 13 2005 @ 11:03 PM
I always encourage new and interesting theories, but I am afraid that the possibility of Neanderthals evolving into some form of advanced species is
First of all, Neanderthals, far from being tall, were significantly shorter than us and stockily built, in order to survive not only the harshness of
an ice-age climate, but the many megafauna on whom they preyed. Yes, their brains were larger than ours, but intelligence is a by-product of the
number and intricacies of neural connections and pathways and in this sense, Homo Sapiens sapiens' brains are superior to Neanderthals.
Neanderthals were ideally adapted to a rugged, cold, harsh climate, but they were not very adaptable outside of this environment, which was their
ultimate downfall. New innovations in technology which aided our ancestors escaped them. For instance, they knew how to make spears, but only for
thrusting, not for throwing. When the ice-age began to come to an end and modern humans began to emerge, Neanderthals were simply out-competed for
resources by a technologically superior creature that was able to adapt to its changing environment where Neanderthals were not.
As for going underground, perhaps a few remnant Neanderthal populations survived a little longer this way, but there is little chance they could have
survived to modern times. Archaeological evidence shows us that the vast majority of a Neanderthal's diet was meat and there would simply not be
enough meat underground to sustain a survivable population. Furthermore, living underground would likely be a detriment to advanced evolution, given
that there are less significant predators, less changes in climate that require adaptation and generally less situations that require innovation and
the development of technology needed to survive and prosper. Living on the surface during an ice-age promotes innovation, it doesn't result in a
The Neanderthals died out because they were unable to adapt to a changing environment. Perhaps if modern humans had not arrived on the scene they
would have lasted a bit longer, but probably not. But if a group of Neanderthals had somehow survived underground, they would be living in a
subsistence fashion. They certainly would not be developing advanced technologies. Recent evidence also suggests that Neanderthals and modern humans
may have interbred, although this point is fiercely contended.
[edit on 13/8/05 by Jeremiah25]