By Andrea Thompson, LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 30 October 2006 05:05 pm ET
Anthropologists have long wondered what happened when the two species met as modern humans spread from Africa into Neanderthal territory in Eurasia: did the populations interbreed or did modern humans simply replace their cousins?
Continuing to say:
They found a swelling at the back of skull, called an occipital bun, which is the result of differential brain growth and is commonly found in Neanderthal skulls. Also, the arrangement of muscle attachment at the back of the jaw was a trait of Neanderthals. This evidence of interbreeding shows that “[the two groups] saw each other as socially appropriate mates,” Trinkaus said. Early modern humans and Neanderthals were two branches of the human family tree that differed primarily in the anatomical pattern, with humans eventually becoming the dominate pattern. Though humans and Neanderthals were different species, Trinkaus points out that most closely related species that haven not been separated for long amounts of time can still breed and produce fertile offspring.
It is possible that people with European ancestry could also have Neanderthal ancestry, according to Trinkaus, though how much is uncertain.
Wow, intriguing and well written and who knows…
Noam Chomsky is one of the most amazing people alive. Like him or not, you should listen to him if you feel like democracy should be perserved… his topics are relevent and well documented (though cotriversial to many).
Talking about Power And Terror -Noam Chomsky In Our Times
The film chronicles the latest in the thinking and activism of the noted linguist Noam Chomsky, who since the Vietnam War era has been a vocal and consistent critic of the way the United States exercises state power in the world arena. A collaboration between the independent Japanese production house Siglo and American film director John Junkerman, “Power and Terror” is in worldwide distribution, beginning with theatrical release in Japan, the United States, and Australia
Quote – Ron Paul (R. TX) "America Is Moving Toward Facism."