Newbie Neandertal Help

Ian Benjafield (
27 Apr 1995 18:27:51 GMT

I have done some reading on Neandertals over the years and have some
questions that I'd like addressed. Perhaps I haven't been reading closely (or
lately), but am I wrong in thinking that there is no consensus on whether
Neandertals interbred with early modern humans? What is the status of this
debate? I presume there are no solid answers to this question, and I'm
basically interested in how researchers approach this subject (genetic
studies, fossil records, population studies, linguistics, etc.). I skimmed the
Trinkaus book and am somewhat familiar with S.J. Gould's view, but I still
have a very laic comprehension of the topic and would appreciate any feedback.