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Do we have Neanderthals all wrong? What if they didn't look like modern humans at all? - Video

Ever wonder why you are scared of the dark? The speaker in this interesting video proposes that neanderthals are totally misrepresented as just funny looking humans, when they were not human at all. We have been anthropomorphizing them making them into near relatives.

Instead he proposes that Neanderthals were basically tall, upright standing, smart gorillas with spears. He also claims humans and Neanderthals were embroiled in a 70,000 year conflict that turned humanity in to what we are today. He even suggests our fear of the dark and what we find "scary" (such as movie monsters) all comes from a genetic memory of Neanderthals.

Sound like the mythical Sasquatch or Yetis.



Maybe Neanderthals weren't the beings we are familier with.
Maybe they were our worst nightmares?

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By netchicken: posted on 19-7-2011

More credence to this topic that the two species are not so similar, appears in this new article on the physical differences between Neanderthals and humans.

The powerful, brightly coloured canine of a member of the Neanderthal species is rotating on the monitor of Adeline Le Cabec. Its surface is furrowed with grooves and scratches. “That’s the result of abrasion,” the researcher explains. “I’ve even seen teeth that were so worn down by use that the nerve was exposed,” she adds. “One doesn’t even want to imagine how bad that must have hurt.”

Le Cabec says it’s rare to find a dental root that is so bulky among modern humans. And the fact that the chin juts out so prominently primarily results from the degeneration of the chewing apparatus.

With the Neanderthals this is all very different. They apparently ground their teeth more, but why? Did he chew on wood? Did he use animal skin to clean his teeth? Did he gnaw on bones?

To answer these questions, Le Cabec scanned more than 400 teeth as part of her doctoral dissertation. These images showed that the teeth — and particularly the canines and incisors — were much more firmly grounded in the jawbone than they are in modern humans. She took this as an indication that Neanderthals used these teeth to hold on to things more than modern humans do.

Through a study of the equilibrium organ inside the cranial bone, Max Planck researchers also determined that modern humans and Neanderthals also moved in different ways. The way in which the semicircular canals in the inner ear are curved suggests that the Neanderthals plodded about in a more ponderous manner.
Neanderthal hiking prowess

This hypothesis is supported by yet another finding scientists made in Leipzig: The sponge-like matrix inside the Neanderthal’s shinbone has a different structure than that of his modern cousin. To determine how such differences could arise, the scientists had sheep with bent legs hobble along on treadmills. A half an hour every day was enough to alter the bone structure in a perceptible way. This confirmed the researchers’ hypothesis that the Neanderthal was a good hiker, but not as good as modern man at sprinting or jumping.

Another, more significant, difference between the species became evident thanks to X-ray analysis: Neanderthals appear to have had a much quicker life cycle.

Researchers came to this conclusion by analysing the teeth of both species. They can determine a child’s age by analysing the razor-thin layers of enamel. From this, it emerged that young Neanderthals mature and reach adulthood much more quickly — between two and three years faster — than modern humans.

A short childhood, an inability to run fast and teeth with a very strong grip: The more his team of researchers look, the more Hublin feels confirmed in his suspicion that the similarities between the two types of men have been exaggerated.
Neanderthal romance?

In museums and textbooks, Hublin says, Neanderthals are mostly depicted as a sort of modern man. But Hublin advocates paying closer attention to the differences. For that reason he was bothered by the enthusiastic response given to the news that Neanderthal genes can be found in modern humans.

“People made a stirring love story out of it,” he says. But he adds that history teaches that kidnapping and raping human women may have been the origin of this genetic merging.

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By netchicken: posted on 29-10-2011








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