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A new, simplified family tree of humanity, published on Sunday, has dealt a blow to those who contend that the enigmatic hominids known as Neanderthals intermingled with our forebears.
Originally posted by LLoyd45
i've never understood why so many people object to having the Neanderthals added to the family tree. They were a fascinating species, that adapted to very harsh environments, yet still managed to thrive even if in low numbers.
They had cranial capacities as large or larger than ours, they weren't built like modern day bodybuilders and possessed tremendous strength, practiced ceremonial burials, made tools, and may even of had a rudimentary religious belief system.
The genetic testing that has been done, I think is still inconclusive to rule them out. They were thinking, feeling beings that lived very difficult lives. There's absolutely nothing about them to be ashamed of in my opinion, and I'd gladly claim them as an ancestor.
[edit on 5/6/08 by LLoyd45]
The studies of Neandertal mtDNA do not show that Neandertals did not or could not interbreed with modern humans. However, the lack of diversity in Neandertal mtDNA sequences, combined with the large differences between Neandertal and modern human mtDNA, strongly suggest that Neandertals and modern humans developed separately, and did not form part of a single large interbreeding population. The Neandertal mtDNA studies will strengthen the arguments of those scientists who claim that Neandertals should be considered a separate species which did not significantly contribute to the modern gene pool.
Well how about Neanderthals being regular humans who lived for hundreds of years as in the book of Genesis? They lived just after the worldwide flood, while the lifespan was rapidly decreasing in each generation born.
Originally posted by AmmonSeth
On the topic of the human family tree,
We must also add chimpanzee's into the tree as we are infact an off-shoot of chimpanzee, whereas gorilla and orangutan took seperate paths, us and chimpanzee's evolved along the same path, It is also accepted by many specialists that the earliest humans and chimpanzee's wouldve mated together for tens of thousands of years,
so in effect chimpanzee's DNA would be in modern human DNA by decent from our ultimate ancestors