posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 03:23 PM
it almost seemed like a number of you were almost "fighting for the Neanderthal cause" almost as if you were Neanderthals yourselves and had a
You're right. we ARE Neanderthals. Does that bother you? Recent DNA studies have shown that most all Europeans (but not Africans) have some
Neanderthal DNA and that this might account for a more robust immune system. The National Geographic genome study, for example, pegs my DNA as 2.1%
Neanderthal and 4.4% Denisovan. So given what has been said about the fallacies of species, this is yet another example. Neanderthal were close enough
to mate with Homo sapiens sapiens, therefore were they really a different species? We're not talking horses and donkeys breeding infertile mules here.
The descendents of Neanderthal/Human were MORE robust (in terms of survival, not bulk) than their forbearers.
So could we not think if Neanderthals as simply an earlier, perhaps slightly more archaic group if Homo sapiens who migrated out of Africa in an
earlier wave, changed a very tiny bit to adapt to the harsher northern climate, and greeted their slightly more gracial cousins when the decendents of
Mitochondrial Eve had their chance to leave Africa? It may not be so much that Neanderthal was "hunted to extinction by Modern Man," but that they
merged, and we are the result. This point of view does not change the data; it just empahasizes the similarities rather than the differences.
In terms of "causes" what I don't understand is this seeming need to keep Neanderthals "in their place" as a primitive species of "cave man" that went
extinct because of us, a 19th century point of view that simply does not hold up to modern scholarship. DNA doesn't lie. Deal with it.
3/3/2013 by schuyler because: (no reason given)