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Neanderthals (aka Boring Teppy Is Boring)

Okay, I'm quite fascinated by theories about what happened to the Neanderthal. Perhaps I'm showing my philosophy-of-history roots here, but I've always theorized that the Cro-Magnon colonized the Neanderthal, killing most but interbreeding with some so that the Neanderthal genes are still present in some human genomes, though very diluted.

"Archaeology" magazine has been on top of this. Currently the dominant theory is that the Cro-Magnon wiped out the Neanderthal, and that the Neanderthals just weren't set up to be as successful as the Cro-Magnon so they died out. I still cling to my "multiple humanities" theories, and sometimes evidence pops up to support it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neanderthal_extinction_hypotheses

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zeonchar
Feb. 15th, 2009 10:20 am (UTC)
It's interesting you bring this up because I asked my teacher about it. He says interbreeding diluted their genes because our were dominant and they all died out.

Edited at 2009-02-15 10:20 am (UTC)
kishiriadgr
Feb. 15th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's what I said about colonization/interbreeding. There's sort of been this anti-Neanderthal prejudice that's been revised by signs of religious ritual and as garpu said overt evidence that they liked music.
swestrup
Feb. 15th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
I've got no opinion, one way or another, but am interested in the question. I was just reading that they now have roughly 60% of the genome recovered for a Neanderthal, so they're hoping to be able to do some genetic tests on the question soon.
kishiriadgr
Feb. 15th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
They're finding out all kinds of things about the Neanderthals. For instance, it was for a long time believed that one of the reasons they were "unsuccessful" was because they lacked hyoid bones and couldn't speak. I remember taxlady speculating that perhaps they had a very developed system of sign language. However only last year they found an exceptionally well-preserved Neanderthal skull and it DID have a hyoid bone so that theory is now shot.
log_junkie
Feb. 15th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
the Neanderthal genes are still present in some human genomes

I may have met some people to support this theory.
kishiriadgr
Feb. 15th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
I wrote further on about how there's almost a sort of racial prejudice against the poor Neanderthals. This is the sort of comment I mean. They were human beings.
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kishiriadgr
Feb. 16th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
As I said, colonization and some interbreeding. However another theory, the one extant, says that the Neanderthals died off naturally because they weren't equipped mentally to adapt to the cooling climate. I don't entirely buy that theory.
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