Re: Neanderthals horse or mule?

J.M. Parish (u9310279@muss.cis.McMaster.CA)
17 Oct 1995 19:11:20 -0400


I've cut in on this chain on the last message written and don't
know what was said before but I like some of the thoughts given in this
previous response. I myself am only a second year anthro. undergrad at
McMaster U. but was immediately struck with some of the current
hypotheses being kicked around in anthropology to-day about
Neanderthals. It was my deduction (though at a second year level) that
Neanderthal may have been a breeding species with Homo s. s. and that
they indeed did evolve at different regions of the globe from H.
erectus. My current theory now is that they rejoined in a breeding
re-introduction in Europe when H. s. s. began to migrate into Europe,
and Asia, Neanderthal already being there. This was not a calculated
event by either species, rather a re-introduction of two sub-species of
H. erectus. I proport that Neanderthal had no chin, a large nose and
brow and the skin tones which were primitively classified as Caucasian
and Asian. The reason being environmental adaptation. This
reintroduction resulted in an inbreeding of the Neanderthals into the H.
s. s. population and thus explaining why Europeans and Asians retained
some traits of both ancestors. I realise this theory needs a heck of a
lot of work and your professional scrutiny and criticism is appreciated.

Joe Parish