Re: Neanderthals...

Bearcat (
Sat, 16 Sep 1995 21:04:28 GMT


: `: Good thing. As a northern european, you are a prime candidate
: `: for having a strong Neandertal component to your genetics.
: `: (So am I: it would take some spectacular mutation to get
: `: a nose the size of mine from an african ancestor in only
: `: 6000 generations.)

: `And how do you suggest the Native Americans came by theirs?

: Good question. Probably the same place, though theirs aren't
: nearly as extreme, even among the maya or eastern woodland,
: at least as far as I have seen. Naturally, I'm just speculating
: wildly, as usual...

Whether they're not as extreme I'll leave to you, but from
what I've been reading lately, I doubt they got them from
Neanderthal, who, to my knowledge, were not present in the
eastern edge of Asia, from whence aboriginal Americans derive.

Many groups of Natives don't have large noses, it's by no
means fundamental, especially along the west coast. And
certainly Asians don't have large noses, in general, any
more than Africans do.

- Bearcat