Re: DISCOVER/Neanderthal/Homo Sap.

Bearcat (
Fri, 15 Sep 1995 20:24:04 GMT

Barry Mennen ( wrote:
: >
: >[was early H.s.s. darkskinned]
: >: That's why
: >: the tropical skeletal proportions of Cro Magnon man also seems to be
: >: saying something about skin pigment. Skin color is very sensitive to
: >: the
: >: amount of sunlight. It appears to go from very light to quite dark
: >: in no
: >: more than 3000-4000 years, given the evidence from India.
: >
: >Is the reverse true as well? Do we go from dark to light in a similar
: >time-frame, and if so, why?
: >
: Please explain then, why some of the darkest-skinned people are forest
: dwellers, eg, Pygmies.

This is quite false, in fact. Pygmies are not the darkest, and in
some cases are somewhat fair. If I am recalling correctly, they
are known to present blue eyes.

Also, even if this weren't the case, it has been speculated that
man's ability to survive in the rain forests is a recent accomplishment,
some time since the end of the last ice age, and after an agricultural
society was developed with whom forest dwellers could trade esoteric
objects from the forest for essentials. In other words, in these
inhospitable environments, it takes a support population to
enable successful colonization. The same goes for the alpine
regions of Europe and the Scandenavian countries as well.

- Bearcat