Stephen Barnard (
Mon, 26 Aug 1996 16:37:53 -0800

Eric Brunner wrote:
> Imagine instead written of Europeans:
> Recent researches have suggested that they may be the result of
> interbreeding between between an original population of "Homo
> neanderthalus" and the earliest members of "Homo sapiens."
> See any fur fly?

I have read precisely this speculation (though not recently), and I
haven't seen any fur fly.

The question of whether Australian Aborigines do or don't have a more
direct relationship to Homo erectus than other races is a matter of
fact, and it should have no political overtones. In particular, such a
claim -- right or wrong -- does not necessarily imply a value judgement.

Steve Barnard