Re: Speciation - how do you know?

Stephen Barnard (
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 17:31:21 -0800

Paul Crowley wrote:
> In article <>
> "Stephen Barnard" writes:
> > If my friends and I found ourselves suddenly caught in the environment
> > you describe we would be nothing like a tribe of Neanderthals.
> You've introduced "suddenly" which I did not imply. I was asking
> for an act of imagination -- try to put yourself in the position of
> a Neanderthal and ask: "Would I hunt aurochs?". Or, if you like:
> "Is it likely that my tribe would have developed a tradition of
> hunting aurochs, and acquired all the appropriate skills?".

If my friends and I could figure out a way to hunt aurochs effectively
I'm pretty sure we would do it. I'll bet it could be done. We would be
smart and the aurochs would be stupid. In fact, given enough time for
us to develop the right skills, I think the aurochs wouldn't have a

Steve Barnard