Re: Neanderthals' Noses Blow Scientists Away

Magnus Sterky (
Sat, 12 Oct 1996 16:06:18 +0200

First, I am not in this profession. That said, I hope you would aplogize
me for not knowing all facts said, written etc.

Is there any evidence that the Neanderthals could/coud not breed with
the cro magnon ?

If they could, I assume the Neanderthals would be humans much like
different types of dogs are still dogs?

Comparing the situation with dogs (or horses, or herrings etc.) would
tell that the local variation of skulls, bones, sizes etc, could easily
be larger than the differeces between Neanderthals and Cro Magnon.

OK,ok, horses and dogs are delibratly created different when it comes
to size, shape etc. by humans. At least most of the variation, although
not all of it. So, is it meaningful to define different species for
different types able to breed?

Maybe some of you, displaying a deeper knowledge about the Neanderthals
vs. Cro Magnon, could fill in? Are there any DNA tests made, comparing
the two for cross-breding capability?

Isn't it most probable, if cross breeding could_ exist, that it actually
happened, more or less, since they co-existed for quite a long time, and
that certainly both of the types vere quite mobile?

Further, if proof can not be found either way, isn't it sensible to
assume the most probable solution?

Through history, it seems as man has always favoured strangers of the
other sex. The more isolated a civilisation, the more of this favouring.
Even in semi-modern times, one typical example of this seems to be the
Eskimo culture as reported by early explorers.

Not to confuse the argumentation, this human tendency should not_ be
intermixed with the suspicion between groups_ of individuals of the same
sex being strangers to each other.

Magnus Sterky