Re: Is it NeanderTHals or NeanderTals??

Richard Spear (
Thu, 1 Dec 1994 18:09:44 PST

In article <> (Michael Rogero Brown (Sys Admin)) writes:
>From: (Michael Rogero Brown (Sys Admin))
>Subject: Is it NeanderTHals or NeanderTals??
>Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1994 18:51:36 GMT

>Ok, I have a question that's been bugging me recently:

>What is the correct name for the Neanderthals?

>Is it Neanderthals or Neandertals?
> ^^ ^

>I grew up with the term 'Neanderthal', but lately I seen and heard
>'Neandertal' alot. Is the 'tal' version more correct or is it that some
>just perfer it over 'thal'? [personally I can't stand the term 'Neandertal',
>everytime I hear it it just grates on me]

>Well, which is it?

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I refer you to an article in "The New York Review of Books" by Gould, ("The
Neandertals and Us").

" ... Tal is the german ... Brits tend to prefer the older Neanderthal ... ",
p. 24.

It is the *worst* Gould article I have *ever* read, and I'm a fan!

Regards, Richard