Re: Modern Neanderthals?

D K Murray (
Sun, 20 Oct 1996 14:39:58 +0100

Reply to Dan Scriptue UCSC:

My own shooting-from-the-lip answers to your three questions would be
'no', 'yes' and 'interesting' respectively. I'll probably post
changing my mind when I've had a chance to think properly,
unfortunately I have work of the paying the mortgage and wine bill
variety to attend to for most of today.

So far as my own characteristics are concerned, I am definately
gracile (5'10", 11st 4lb),and a fair distance swimmer, while not
particularly buoyant compared to most women. My hat size is toward
the upper end of the range, and my jaw is a little too small for all my teeth.

Regarding robust characteristics, from the scant authoritative
material I have seen or heard on the recent "Boxgrove Man" finds in
the south of England, there seems little doubt that they were H.s.s.
from circa 100,000 yrs bp. However, they were tall (6'+) and very,
very robust indeed.

Yrs. D