Re: DISCOVER/Neanderthal/Homo Sap.

Bearcat (
Wed, 6 Sep 1995 15:18:38 GMT

H. M. Hubey ( wrote:

: The problem so far seems to be that the same eyeballing technique
: is going to be used while ignoring other evidence. I can't see
: how 50,000 years in the north can make subsaharans white and blonde but
: 25,000 has not noticeable effect on Orientals.

Fifty thousand years is probably an exaggeration -- more like 40,000.
Another mistake you're making is the assumption that sub-Saharan
Africans of 50kya were as dark as they are today.
Climatic pressures have been at work there for the last 50ky as

It has been postulated that Europeans may be a blend of colonizers
who left Africa as long as 80kya and headed towards Asia, with
a few turning left again and back to Europe about 40kya, meeting,
and mating with, new colonizers fresh from sub-Saharan Africa,
probably looking for a spot that wasn't already taken by
earlier pioneers, firmly ensconced in north Africa.

In any event, there is no satisfactory explanation, that I
have heard, as to why Europeans developed blond hair, for
example, while Asians in northern climes did not.

- Bearcat