Re: Biological = trivial?

Ania Lian (ania@LINGUA.CLTR.UQ.OZ.AU)
Sun, 18 Aug 1996 15:19:36 +1000

On Sat, 17 Aug 1996, Gary Goodman wrote:

> Personally I suspect that the human (male especially) willingness to
> have intercourse from everything from turkeys to balloon-figures managed
> to overcome the "racial" barrier at least a few times...

My popular anthropology books educations brings two points to my mind:

(a) although the books I read were not clear about the fact whether
Neanderthal produced the tools that they found in their graves or
whether they just got them from Cro-Magnon, an interesting fact is that
Neanderthal DID have them. After all he must have NOTICED some value in
them to accept them in exchange or whatever transaction. I wonder how
much would such an observation tell us about them.

(b) doesn't the guy who wrote "The fall of the third chimpanzee" mention
that Neanderthals had a different life cycle? say, 12 months pregnancy? I
think in his book he denies possibility of crossing. Thus intercourse
would be one thing, the result another......