posted on Jan, 9 2010 @ 01:44 PM
Originally posted by Soylent Green Is People
I never understood why people think that homosapiens and neanderthal never mated. Did the scientist never go to a party in college and watch guys
smashed out of their minds hit on anything that moves? I can see either a Homosapiens or Neanderthal is out foraging, ends up eating some mushrooms.
Next thing he knows, he is in his cave telling his cavemate how he scored and he believed she was HOT.
The question isn't whether or not they had sex with each other. The question is whether or not that union could produce fertile
If they were two entirely different species, then they could not produce fertile offspring together. If they were variations of the same species,
then they could.
For example: horses and donkeys are different species, but you could mate a horse with a donkey and get a mule. HOWEVER -- and this is important --
the mule is not
fertile, meaning two mules can't mate and make another mule.
What this means for the Neanderthals is this: even if the Mordern Humans and Neanderthals mated -- and even if that union produced offspring, that
offspring would not be able to contribute any genetic information to new generations...which means that there may not be any Neanderthal genetic
material in Modern Humans today.
However, like I said, if Modern Humans and Neanderthals were both different variations of the same species, then they could have interbred
Still disputed by some, Neanderthal Man was Homo Sapiens. And there has long been confusion with the much earlier Classical Neanderthal and the later
refined version that was around as little as 20,000 years ago. This later variant is probably absorbed in modern man.
There are many problems in these discussions. The abuse of the term species. Species cannot interbreed, but there are compatible sub-species.
Neanderthal Man and Cro-magnon mating is not exactly analogous to horses and donkey, a particularly aberrant example anyway. Maybe closer to wolves
More complex than that, but you get the picture.