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Some time back Dave Petzel made an excellent post concering the last days of Neanderthal man. If I remember correctly one of the

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  • #16
    Golfer,

    You grasped the meaning of my question entirely! No matter what we might think of old Neanderthal they had to be extremely smart to have survivied for as long as they did. I would hate to have to deal with either Neanderthal or Cro-Mangon on a less than "professional" basis.

    I don't think there are many (any?) of us who would be prepared to survive and thrive the way the ancient ones did. The ancient ones would kick Les Stroud's and Bear Grylls collective butts and serve them well done with a side of Morel Mushrooms and wild greens...

    Mr. Mcloud,

    You going Biblical on me? As far as the Neanderthal genetic material, it comes from only one bone fragment. I'm glad they have found it, but one has to wonder about the purity of the genetic sample. It would be nice if more viable material could be uncovered.

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    • #17
      I believe the eventual dissapearance of Neanderthals was likely from many factors, including climate change and being pushed off the most productive biomes by Cro Magnon the "Sea hominid" as Homo Sapiens developed such things as archery and boats. While no Cro Magnon could have even survived a turn of "Irish Stand Down" with a Neanderthal (gimme yer best shot, then stand there while I knock you down in turn) as Neanderthals were SO much stronger than Homo Sapiens in bone and muscle. However us homosapiens types can run faster, swim and have distance weapons as well as a faster rate of reproduction therefore being able to out compete Neanderthal anywhere except the subarctic biome Neanderthal evolved to survive in.
      I think "urdomheit" or the belief that hominid ancestors like Neanderthal were "stupid" is a great misteak especially when one considers how long the Neanderthals survived. They had to be doing something right for a couple hundred thousand years at least. As far as hybreds go I think it likely, knowing what horndogs Homo Sapiens males can be...

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      • #18
        Beekeeper-

        The creationist thing was a joke, I can't help myself when I get a chance to jab the anti-science crowd.

        I particularly love how they take something like the age of the earth, several different fields of science have independently determined it be 4.6 billion years, give or take 100 million.

        But of course they say its actually 6000 years old. Why, you ask? Because it is, they say... impeccable logic!

        As for the genetics thing,

        I don't really have a strong opinion on it, just passing on some info from an article I had read.

        The other thing to keep in mind is that, like a mule, a human-neanderthal hybrid might be sterile. That would mean that even if there were hybrids (and there probably were) the genes wouldn't have made it into the modern population.

        But like I said, I don't have a strong opinion on it, just throwing my 2 cents in. I could easily be swayed one way or the other.

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        • #19
          I believe they were very smart individual to survive that long!

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          • #20
            I believe they were very smart individual to survive that long!

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            • #21
              I believe they were very smart individual to survive that long!

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              • #22
                I believe they were very smart individual to survive that long!

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                • #23
                  I believe they were very smart individual to survive that long!

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                  • #24
                    I believe they were very smart individual to survive that long!

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