Did the neanderthals simply get sick and die out?

This is an interesting read:

They didn’t drink enough beer. :wink:

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Thank you for this article. I am pleased to learn that hominid anthropology has new life. As a young person interested in the subject, I found that it was a field with few prospects. Genomic advances have opened that dusty book again, reviving even the field of Biology which seemed mired in finding medical advances for so long.

Also, a question I have had since childhood -
Do any of you know if the main sect of the latter day saint movement has plans to perform ordinances for H. neanderthalensis and/or other archaic humans? Imagine the opportunity to seal Lucy to one of her australopithecine brethren.

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At least one of them survived.

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Genetic Anthropology broadens the previously stuffy field of Anthropology into Epidemiology and other health sciences. We will all benefit from the deeper understandings into disease and immunology, even while the discoveries alter previous theories and understandings.

There’s a podcast called “Short History of…”, which does a one hour deep dive into various topics, like the Founding Fathers, Korean War, Great Wall of China, etc. It’s well done.

As Utah FB fans, I strongly recommend the episode on Polynesian Exploration. Very small populations, very narrow genetic diversity, incredible feats of navigating and settling the Pacific. For example, the chances of them wandering the Pacific and accidentally discovering all the other islands is zero. They had skills we don’t fully understand.

Related to this thread, the people of Rapa Nui / Easter Island have small amounts of indigenous American DNA. Nobody has figured out their written language, yet.

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When I saw the title of this thread, I immediately wanted to post:

MAGA is alive and well, what are you talking about?

But due to board rules about politics, I decided against it. Thanks for doing a better job, @330ute from the same perspective.

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:wink::wink::wink:

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Neanderthals were simply outcompeted by modern humans, Homo sapiens. They both filled the same ecological niche, but Homo sapiens was larger, smarter, and stronger. That being said, about 2% of our genes are from Neanderthals. Apparently, there was some funny business going on between the two species way back 100,000 years ago.

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Can you imagine being the father of the teenage boy who got the Neanderthal girl pregnant?

You did WHAT!?!?!?

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I’ve known some people who I think have a higher percentage than that.

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Looks around…sees scrape marks on knuckles from dragging…bird perching on forehead

Ok, I get it. :wink:

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