Neanderthals [RE: Stop the FoRKin' Insanity!]

Joe Barrera (
Sat, 12 Jul 1997 07:30:26 -0700

>> And as Rohit can tell you, if I lose a few more brain cells my
>> species status is reduced to cro magnon.

> Ah, but if you gain a few more brain cells, your species status is
> elevated to Neanderthal. And would you really want that?

Oops, turns out that it's a bit harder now to evolve into a Neanderthal:

"Researchers have isolated DNA from the arm bone of a Neanderthal man
who died 30,000 to 100,000 years ago, yielding strong evidence that the
extinct creatures were an entirely different species from modern humans.

"Although our predecessors undoubtedly encountered Neanderthals, they
evidently did not interbreed, according to findings published today in
Cell by a team of German and U.S. researchers.

"'These were clearly human genes, from the genus Homo, like us,'
Stoneking said. 'But they weren't like any humans alive now.'"

- Joe

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