Originally posted by Spider879
Again our mad scientist are at it in the article they are contemplating bringing them back to life,what if one of the reasons they didn't make was
because they were inbred?
It's ridiculous to think that they 'went extinct' because they were just an ecotype of humans. Going extinct is failing to reproduce, and the
neanderthals did not go out like that. Plenty of them interbred with the much larger homo sapiens sapiens populations that arrived in their local area
and so the 'Neanderthal' type just disappeared into the human genome.
There are also still plenty of people who have a phenotype which is suggestive of having some significant amount of Neanderthal DNA. It's kind of a
joke, but probably kind of true that there are a bunch of them in the NHL.
Neanderthals were not a bunch of dumb, unhealthy inbreds. It's more likely they were on average significantly smarter than your average modern human.
They were also most likely some pretty strong and healthy people on average; some of their women would kick your arse in most every sort of sport
except maybe long distance running, if you happen to be good at that. Long distance running seems to be more of a homo sapiens sapiens thing.
Inbreeding brings out 'recessive' traits, but they also had natural selection putting strong pressure on them to be healthy. Serious weaknesses from
inbreeding would prevent them from having more kids even if they were able to survive. Less serious deficiencies like bad eyesight or a weak throwing
arm could still get them killed. A bad memory could mean they get lost or eat something they shouldn't or make some other mistake etc.
Hunting and gathering supports only very small populations of humans over a very large area. It's something like only 30 people over 20 or 30 square
miles. So there just weren't all that many Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis compared to the booming Homo Sapiens Sapiens populations.
Originally posted by Spider879
If we do this what the heck are we gonna do we them keep them in a zoo??
Honestly, that's sick, dude. They're just people. And they aren't going to want to live in caves and sit around campfires all day just because they
are neanderthals. And they aren't going to only be able to speak in grunts etc.
I would be against cloning them because they would probably all die from common colds, the flu, etc just like so many of the Native Americans did.
Other than maybe dogs, domesticated animals came way way after them, and domesticated animals are where most of the devastating plagues came from.
Most likely they would have relatively defenseless immune systems, given what is out there now. They wouldn't be defenseless because they were weak;
they'd be defenseless because they were unprepared, being maybe 15 or 30 or 60 thousand years behind the competition.
But if they could somehow survive, some of them might turn out to be some brilliant people, University PHD types.
It might be ok If science waits until after nanotechnology can augment immune systems, so that they don't have to live in sealed 'bubble boy'
environments. A mad scientist might also try to splice in the DNA for some of the immunity they would need.