Neanderthals' Noses Blow Scientists Away

Stephen Barnard (
Tue, 01 Oct 1996 09:21:24 -0800

I saw a piece in the paper this morning that described how scientists
have discovered a radical difference between the noses of Neanderthals
and modern humans. (Ian Tattersall of the American Museum of Natural
History and Jeffrey Schwartz of the University of Pittsburgh)

They claim that this difference would "force a reorganization of the
sinuses and the delicate membranelike bones called turbinates." The
claim is that this difference, along with other long recognized
differences in musculature, brow ridges, etc. lead to the conclusion
that Neanderthals were a distinct species.

Predictably, Milford Wolpoff was unimpressed.

Does anyone have more information or comments about this?

Steve Barnard