Fact: humans today have some Neanderthal DNA.
Citation needed. Now, I know that there is speculation that this is the case, but I'm not aware of any paper that has definitively demonstrated it.
Neanderthals are extinct, therefore the interbreeding of humans and Neanderthals positively took place.
...what? How do you know it didn't happen through horizontal gene transfer? We may have gotten it through retroviral insertion through a virus that infected both humans and Neanderthals.
Why would you just assume they didn't have sex? Why would you rather assume some random "retroviral insertion" took place? The simplest explanation is usually the correct one. And in this case, humans like to screw. Just look at us.
Fact: Neanderthals hailed from Europe, and humans hailed from Africa.
Fact: Neanderthals are a species of human.
No. Sorry, Neanderthals are not a species of human. They are a different species who evolved from Homo heidelbergensis. Everybody knows this! Why should I even have to say this again?
(there is no "came first", they are entirely different species who evolved independently of one another from the split population of Homo heidelbergensis (cave men).
Alright, show me a citation on this too.
Read the very first sentence from the italicized writing in this article.
Africa is closer to equator and hotter. Europe is further up and cold. The exposure of a hot, unshielded sun led Homo sapiens to evolve dark skin and the cooler climate led Homo neanderthalensis to evolve lighter skin.
...so you're speculating? I'd like to point out that you're speculating that interbreeding led to something that you admit can evolve without interbreeding...isn't it a bit odd that you're self-defeating here?
Yes I'm speculating. That's the entire purpose of my opening post. I am postulating a theory, not a law. My point here is that the thousands of years each species (Neanderthals and humans) spent in different climates led to the different pigmentations of said species. Then when the African humans and the European Neanderthals met up and started gettin' busy, the light skinned genes were inserted into the dark skinned humans. If these lighter skinned humans stayed in Europe, they probably (oh no, not speculation!) got even lighter due to staying in that region. I don't think it's a coincidence that white people of European descent match up with Neanderthal DNA and black people don't. It's that simple.
And I don't see how anyone can think I'm being racist. If you find racism in my remarks, you yourself are reading that into the discussion.
...well, I'm not saying you're racist...but you did make a few racially insensitive remarks...like certain groups of people looking weird.
Looking weird isn't necessarily derogatory. Asians are the only people with a monolid, and it's an odd comparison to the eyelids that everyone else has. However, I think Asian women are damn hot. I find their eyes beautiful.
edit on 5/2/2011 by OrphenFire because: fixed link