Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Neanderthals, the evolving concept

There is a great article summarizing what we know about Neanderthals over at the National Geographic.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/10/121012-neanderthals-science-paabo-dna-sex-breeding-humans/

The article it also full of great links to more research.
You just have to ignore the god-soaked idiots in the comments section.

What is interesting about this is the picture it paints for us as a species. Most animal types out there have many species that are similar, but not the same.  Think of all the types of birds, or even the various cannid types (wolves, dogs, foxes).

As humans we don't have anything so near to us, unless you want to count chimps and bonobos.
I wonder what the world would have been like today if Neanderthal had survived as an intact species.