Re: Speciation - how do you know?

Tim Edwards (
Fri, 13 Sep 1996 14:01:26 GMT

On 13 Sep 1996 12:22:06 GMT, (HARRY R. ERWIN)

>Paul Crowley ( wrote:
>: In article <5140cp$>
>: > 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.
>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

Neanderthal injuries resemble (type and frequency) those of modern
rodeo riders. (From a recent isssue of Sciences & Vie.) Yabba Dabba

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