Re: Speciation - how do you know?

13 Sep 1996 12:22:06 GMT

Paul Crowley ( wrote:
: In article <5140cp$>
: "HARRY R. ERWIN" writes:

: > H. neanderthalensis had a number of skeletal specializations . . .

: Fine, OK, it had a remarkably heavy build, but . . .

: > H. neanderthalensis had a number of skeletal specializations
: > for close-in combat with large mammals . .

: This is sheer fantasy. Combat with aurochs? Or with any large
: quadruped? If this was how it normally got a significant proportion
: of its food the life expectation of the average H.n. would be very
: short.

: This is 19th century thinking, Harry. It's time to get out of it.

: Paul.

The build of the average H. neanderthalensis male was off-scale relative
to H. sapiens. There is also good evidence that they did not use missile
weapons, but instead had a hunting style that involved closing with the
prey and fighting it out using a spear. Finally, researchers have
discovered that the typical skeleton of a mature male has had a _number_
of very serious accidents (disabling injuries, broken bones, etc.) in its

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