Re: Neanderthals...

Bearcat (
Fri, 15 Sep 1995 20:31:11 GMT

Alex Duncan ( wrote:
: In article <435ohh$> Aila Korhonen,
: writes:

: >1. Geographical separation of Neanderthals and Homo sapiens for
: >two million years sounds convincing for splitting them to different
: >species. Anyway, if the separation was complete, there was no
: >pressure to _develop_ mating hindrances between them. Instead, if the
: >speciation occured in the same area and was based on differences in
: >living habits, such hindrances should be advantageous. They would
: >help to avoid crossings that were inferior to both parental types.
: >Those different looking apes wandering, but not breeding together
: >(and maybe specializing in different food) is a good example. Goat
: >and sheep are another. Any population geneticists out there?

: Where'd you get 2 Myr? Most of the evidence I'm aware of suggest
: possible separation by 300 kyr, or perhaps a little older, depending on
: how old you think Petralona might be.

She's talking about Homo erectus, not modern humans.

- Bearcat