Re: Homo heidelbergensis

Stanley Friesen (
Sun, 5 Jun 1994 03:57:50 GMT

In article <2sffdp$>,
Ethan Vishniac <> wrote:
>In other words, Stanley may be guilty of exaggeration, but he's basically

Perhaps I did, for didactic reasons.

Perhaps I should recast my point into more precise terms.

The closest thing we know of to a seperate gene pool among modern
humans is the Jews. Yet, even they show a small level of
interbreeding with the local populations they live among -
enough to be (barely) noticiable in less than 2500 or so years.
[Dating from the Babylonian Captivity].

How, then, could two populations of *one* species* (especially
one as culturally changeable as ours) *possibly* remain fully
distinct for an *order* *of* *magnitude* longer time (18 times
as long, at least).


May the peace of God be with you.