How about New York governor Cuomo packing nursing homes with COVID patients, which resulted in thousands of deaths? Now that we have channelled Neanderthal man anyway, does he have an opinion on that?
Overlap between the two cultures for many thousands of years would make a lot of sense because the newer technologies may not have been self-evidently better. Many considerations of time, energy, and risk would need to be factored in.
If the ability to hunt small prey requires a lot more intelligence, cats are definitely smarter than people, let alone smarter than dogs (a more frequently heard claim).
Researchers: “Most previous studies of Neandertal speech capacities focused on their ability to produce the main vowels in English spoken language. However, we feel this emphasis is misplaced, since the use of consonants is a way to include more information in the vocal signal and it also separates human speech and language from the communication patterns in nearly all other primates.”
Neanderthal man gets smarter and more socially acceptable every time he crosses our radar. At one time, the story would have been: A COVID-like illness wiped him out.
At Sapiens: Thanks to this work, we now know details about Neanderthals that the archaeological record alone could never have provided. For example, fragments of DNA from specimens found in Spain and Italy showed that at least some Neanderthals likely had pale skin and reddish hair—although, interestingly, the variations for this coloring are different from the variants found in modern humans. Apparently, redheads among Homo sapiens evolved separately…
The Neanderthal has demonstrated his inferiority by his complete inability to be as stupid as evolution theory requires.
But wait. Have we established that Neanderthal man was to modern humans as “non-human primates” are? The more we learn about Neanderthal man, the less of a dullard he seems. Let’s keep an eye on this file and see what happens later.
Researchers compared the fingerprints of three koalas killed by cars, a chimp that died in captivity, and human ones. The koala prints were more like human ones than the chimp’s were.
The conventional teaching has been that modern humans exterminated them. A recently found trove of 13 teeth offers an alternative view.
Those of us who have never had non-opposable thumbs might have some trouble understanding the problem but hey, we can learn.
According to some: Every single problem currently haunting our culture would go away had the history of life not taken one really, really tragic step: the evolution of eukaryotic from prokaryotic life.
A very reasonable question: “Is The Flintstones a more accurate picture of Neandertals than evolutionary documentaries?”
At Smithsonian: Every so often the adult footprints pause and are joined by a child’s footprints. The footprints go in a straight and definite line, and pretty fast, indicating a deliberate end target; they then return in the opposite direction, this time without the child.
If it were not rigorously pounded out of you by a pop science education, you’d almost think that human intelligence has something to with longevity…