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    Neanderthals have gotten a bum rap

    Research by UK and American scientists has struck another blow to the theory that Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) became extinct because they were less intelligent than our ancestors (Homo sapiens). The research team has shown that early stone tool technologies developed by our species, Homo sapiens, were no more efficient than those used by Neanderthals.

    Many long-held beliefs suggesting why the Neanderthals went extinct have been debunked in recent years. Research has already shown that Neanderthals were as good at hunting as Homo sapiens and had no clear disadvantage in their ability to communicate. Now, these latest findings add to the growing evidence that Neanderthals were no less intelligent than our ancestors.

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    Re: Neanderthals have gotten a bum rap

    Honestly, all species have their idiots. There sure are alot of human ones today.



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    Re: Neanderthals have gotten a bum rap

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Honestly, all species have their idiots. There sure are alot of human ones today.
    And, unfortunately, it seems to be the dominant trait as they keep multiplying faster than the intelligent ones...


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    Re: Neanderthals have gotten a bum rap

    I saw a bum rap once.


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    Re: Neanderthals have gotten a bum rap

    Yeah, but even Neanderthals can save money by switching to Geico. It's so easy that even a caveman can do it...


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    Re: Neanderthals have gotten a bum rap

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    And, unfortunately, it seems to be the dominant trait as they keep multiplying faster than the intelligent ones...
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1sE1E3z7jU"]YouTube - the intro to idiocracy[/ame]


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    Re: Neanderthals have gotten a bum rap

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    Research by UK and American scientists has struck another blow to the theory that Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) became extinct because they were less intelligent than our ancestors . . . .
    Our ancestors were the Neanderthals' ancesters, too. According to a graphic in the October 2008 issue of National Geographic magazine (my copy arrived Friday).

    According to the magazine's article (the cover story, "The Other Humans -- Neanderthals Revealed"), some 700,000 years ago, "Ancestral modern human and Neanderthal populations begin to diverge."

    And 370,000 years ago, "Estimated date of lineage separation, based on genetic data."

    The magazine (cover photo and inside) includes photos of a lifelike model of a five-foot-tall, heavily muscled woman based on several sources, included fossils and DNA findings.

    Great stuff. I love reading about paleoanthropological news. Anyone else so interested will want to pick up a copy of NG's latest issue, I'm thinking.

    When I get a chance, I'm going to follow the link above, too.

    Thanks, alaskaguy!


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    Re: Neanderthals have gotten a bum rap

    I thought I had heard somewhere that the Neanderthals were a more peaceful variant of the Homo genera that got wiped out by our ancestors. So, they might not have been less intelligent, but they probably didn't put up much of a fight, nor did they look to invade the lands of the more dominate species.


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