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A deep and abiding need for Neanderthals to be stupid

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There has been a significant change in his status in recent years, as researchers began separating what we see from what we think ought to be or must be true.

In fact, quite apart from the fact that Neanderthals appear to have been part of our own families, they have persistently failed to be as stupid as Shermer’s account needs. Increasing numbers of finds are breaking down the supposed differences between them and other early humans. As one paleontologist puts it, “The historical downgrading of our Neanderthal cousins has gone well beyond the scientific.”

It’s not clear, however, that “the scientific” was driving the need to downgrade Neanderthal man so much as a Darwinian anthropology that is at odds with the archaeology. More.

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5 Replies to “A deep and abiding need for Neanderthals to be stupid

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    Robert Byers says:

    They need evolving up mankind. so neaders must be a inferior mankindish.
    Thats their equation. Its not true. These peoples were just regular people living in obscure areas. The bible talks about how people groups can look different in the old days.
    One day they find a neander with some egyptian thing got from trade. its coming.

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    tragic mishap says:

    Neanderthals were regular people with Ricketts from vitamin D defficiency, probably from living in caves and not getting enough sunlight. They would not have known it was bad for them.

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    Acartia_bogart says:

    Tragic:

    Neanderthals were regular people with Ricketts from vitamin D defficiency, probably from living in caves and not getting enough sunlight. They would not have known it was bad for them.

    Except that they do not show the pathology of ricketts.

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    goodusername says:

    Neanderthals were regular people with Ricketts from vitamin D defficiency

    If the Neanderthal physique is from rickets, I need to stop drinking milk.

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    Robert Byers says:

    The bible talks about giants everywhere in lands before israel came.
    Its no big deal for people groups to have responded quickly to problems or good things affecting the body.
    African pygmys were short and other blacks went very tall.Is this spectrum less then a neader relative to other later peoples, as they score it,.?
    Neanders were just tough hill people. They spoke our languages.

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