Re: hominid time-line?

Tue, 24 Jan 1995 11:44:00 PST

Rohrlich writes:

"...It is my impression that the Neanderthals, or Homo
Sapiens, in the Near East may have mingled with Homo Sapiens Sapiens; in
other words, H.S. in that area looked like H.S.S."

I don't want to be picky, but the nomenclature, Homo sapiens sapiens, refers
to a group of organisms who consitute a subspecies of the
species Homo sapiens--the taxon Homo sapiens sapiens contrasts with Homo
sapiens neanderthalensis. Thus (and here I am only referring to the taxon
labels, not whether the labels also correctly identify an empirical reality)
for the time frame in which "neanderthals" existed, the taxonomic labeling
asserts that the species, Homo sapiens, is made up of two subspecies, Homo
sapiens sapiens and Homo sapiens neanderthalensis. So it doesn't make sense
to talk about H.S. mingling with, or looking like, H.S.S.

D. Read