posted on Aug, 13 2013 @ 07:04 PM
Originally posted by arpgme
reply to post by schuyler
Originally posted by schuyler
No one with any knowledge of the subject has EVER claimed that Neanderthal were stupid or "bird-brained." Indeed, the average size of a Neanderthal
brain is bigger than that of Homo sapiens by a few CC.
Bigger does not mean better. Functionality determines whether the brain is better or worse than another. I am not surprised that they used tools. Just
because they were "older" humans that doesn't automatically mean that they were stupider.
Depends on what you mean by "better," and I was not claiming that anyway. I didn't say they had "better brains." I'm just pointing out that they
are not "bird brained" and that, as you and I both agree, there's no evidence that they were less intelligent. Their brain size suggests a rough
equivalency in capability, though the debate rages on in such issues as language capability, for example.
I maintain that if you took any of us and placed us back 50,000 years ago with the infrastructure then available to humans of any variety, we would do
no better than they and, indeed, might be at a significant disadvantage. But assuming we could "grow up" in and be part of their culture, we'd be
making stone tools, too. There would be no renaissance. And if you could clone one of them and raise them here, they'd have a normal life--and
probably excel at sports.