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Where are all the Neanderthals? (Pre-History)
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Boreades


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Mick appears to be reporting on a time-honoured tradition.

According to Discovery, A new, improved sequencing of ancient human relative genomes reveals that Homo sapiens didn't only have sex with Neanderthals and a little-understood line of humans called Denisovans. A fourth, mystery lineage of humans was in the mix, too.

The results conflict with the theory that modern humans arose completely from one “out of Africa” migration more than 60,000 years ago that spread worldwide without mating with other early humans.

http://news.discovery.com/human/evolution/ancient-humans-had-sex-with-mystery-relatives-131203.htm

Perhaps we should name this fourth, mystery lineage of humans something appropriate. Like Mick-Chicken?

Are you related to Neanderthals?

http://news.discovery.com/human/evolution/are-you-related-to-neanderthals-photos-131218.htm
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Ishmael


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Mick Harper wrote:
The one thing we know for reasonable certainty about the Cro-Magnons is that they had an animal-derived toolkit. Now this surely means that they lived on intimate terms with animals. This is rather different from Hominid and some Human cultures which hunt animals, butcher animals, cook animals and eat animals. We, for instance, do not live intimately with animals, they are just grist-for-our-mill. (Taking this a little further, we should note that both Lapps and Plains Indians have a 'religion' that puts animals at the heart of things -- quite unlike our own attitudes).


Perhaps Orthodoxy is catching up with you.

Did Dog-Human Alliance Drive Out the Neanderthals?
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A palaeoanthropologist's discovery of a hitherto unknown early human species in a cave system in South Africa, never explored before despite being popular with cavers, is pretty astonishing. In the words of the palaeoanthropologist himself, almost no hominid remains exist anywhere apart from the odd bit of tooth and there are more people looking for fragments than actual fragments.

Even more astonishingly, it is the second time he's found a hitherto unknown early human species. In 2008, in a cave system not far from the second find, he found a fossilised skeleton, some bits ape-like and other bits human-like. In both cases the bodies are said to have been intentionally placed there/ disposed of.

Am I unduly suspicious to see a Schliemann parallel?

[Interestingly, they the opening scene of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey featured in the programme, one might wonder if sci-fi has overtaken reality.]
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Mick Harper
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Some fascinating 'careful ignoral' going on here, an article about getting Neanderthal DNA from urine.

http://q-mag.org/early-human-dna-found-widely-and-not-in-bones.html

Reams and reams of stuff about 'process' i.e "How clever we are to get such a lot out of so little. Hold the front page!" but nothing about the actual results "This is the first scientific test of the paradigm. We'll get back to you. These things are subject to interpretation. Know what I mean, John?"
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Boreades


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What happened to the "Out Of Norfolk" tales?
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