Re: Is it NeanderTHals or NeanderTals??

William Lee (
5 Dec 1994 06:56:30 GMT

In <> (STEPHANIE G. FOLSE ) writes:

>The original (correct?) German pronunciation is Neandertal. I have
>a feeling that pronunciation depends (a) on where you were educated
>and (b) your political correctness factor. Isn't the scientific
>name _Homo sapiens neandertalensis_? That's why I tend to use the
>tal pronunciation.
>Here's another one: is it Cro-Magnon or Cro-Manon (like filet mignon)?
>Going by the original French, the "g" shouldn't be heard and the "n"
>pronounced like it had a tilde (~) over it. I get around this one
>by saying _Homo sapiens sapiens_ or "modern humans."
>Stephanie Folse
>University of Denver
>Dept. of Anthropology
>In article <>,
>Michael Rogero Brown (Sys Admin) <>
>>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
>>just perfer it over 'thal'? [personally I can't stand the term
>>everytime I hear it it just grates on me]
>>Well, which is it?
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Tal is German for Valley. Neandertal is the Neander Valley in
Northwestern Germany, where the original skull of Neandertal was
discovered. This is Anthro 1 stuff!