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Neanderthals 'Were Ahead Of Their Time'
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-15-2007

Posted on 06/14/2007 5:56:19 PM PDT by blam

Neanderthals 'were ahead of their time'

Last Updated: 2:42am BST 14/06/2007

Big, brutish and stupid - it's a commonly held view that our prehistoric predecessors were as wild and unsophisticated as the animals they hunted.

Neanderthal man was 'as smart as we are'

But Neanderthal man was not as slow-witted as he looked and was in reality as smart as we are, an archaeologist claims.

They were actually innovators who used different forms of tools to adapt to the ecological challenges posed by harsh habitats as they spread through Europe. Although our ancestors have become the butt of jokes about people who are stupid or unenlightened, they were years ahead of their time.

Dr Terry Hopkinson, of Leicester University, said Neanderthals were far from behaviourally static and incorporated different forms of tool construction into a single technique.

He said: "There has been a consensus that the modern human mind turned on like a light switch about 50,000 years ago, only in Africa."

But the modern traits accompanying the change such as abstract art, the use of grindstones and elongated stone blades, and big-game hunting began to accumulate in Africa from 300,000 years ago.

Archaeological finds from across Europe also show the Neanderthals fused two forms of tool-making called the faconnage and the debitage techniques. Neanderthals had previously been thought of as incapable of innovation, said Dr Hopkinson, as it was assumed to be something unique to Homo sapiens.


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KEYWORDS: brutish; godsgravesglyphs; neandertal; neanderthals; smart; sophisticated
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Brain size correlates to IQ. Neanderthals had bigger brains the we do.

MITOCHONDRIA, ARCHAEOLOGY AND MIGRATIONS

1 posted on 06/14/2007 5:56:20 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.
2 posted on 06/14/2007 5:56:50 PM PDT by blam
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“Brain size correlates to IQ. Neanderthals had bigger brains the we do.”

If that were true, whales would be the most intelligent creatures on earth.


3 posted on 06/14/2007 5:58:52 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: blam

I’m reminded of Paul Reiser’s joke about Neanderthals in heaven, groaning that the one doofus in the tribe was the one the archeologists dug up: “And guess who they base our whole civilization on! Howie! Remember him, that loser? With the bad teeth, and the stoop, and that huge unibrow? Aw jeez...”


4 posted on 06/14/2007 6:03:55 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
"If that were true, whales would be the most intelligent creatures on earth."

Maybe you're not smart enough to recognize that they are?

5 posted on 06/14/2007 6:04:14 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Next question,

If “Neanderthals” were stronger and smarter than we, Why are we the survivors?


6 posted on 06/14/2007 6:04:17 PM PDT by labette
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Necessary to adjust that to apply only to primate brains. Whales are pretty stupid when you get right down to it and their brains are constructed differently.


7 posted on 06/14/2007 6:06:05 PM PDT by muawiyah
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"If “Neanderthals” were stronger and smarter than we, Why are we the survivors?"

Last Glacial Maximum?

8 posted on 06/14/2007 6:06:38 PM PDT by blam
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If “Neanderthals” were stronger and smarter than we, Why are we the survivors?

We have better looking women.

9 posted on 06/14/2007 6:12:50 PM PDT by gotribe ( I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution... - Grover Cleveland.)
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To: blam

Do you know if they used throwing sticks to enhance the effectiveness of their spears?


10 posted on 06/14/2007 6:14:39 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: blam

Im stupid not
11 posted on 06/14/2007 6:16:14 PM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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Brain size correlates to IQ. Neanderthals had bigger brains the we do.

Accomplishment correlates better to IQ. Neanderthal flint tools never progressed. They remained extremely crude, while homosapien tools evolved into finer and finer instruments.

12 posted on 06/14/2007 6:16:56 PM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: blam

“Although our ancestors”
I thought I’d read numerous times from several different sources that Neanderthals share no common DNA with modern Humans...has this changed recently?


13 posted on 06/14/2007 6:22:10 PM PDT by sinwisher
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...Neanderthals had previously been thought of as incapable of innovation, said Dr Hopkinson, as it was assumed to be something unique to Homo sapiens...

We all know what happens when you assume. Anyway, it's only a matter of time before we recognize Neanderthal men as "men".

14 posted on 06/14/2007 6:27:23 PM PDT by KMJames (Hyperbole is killing us.)
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To: blam

So, where are they?


15 posted on 06/14/2007 6:27:49 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (When's MY turn? What crimes may I commit and recieve amnesty for?)
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Neanderthal man was 'as smart as we are'

Then why didnt he invent the IPOD?

16 posted on 06/14/2007 6:31:41 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Here's one being interviewed!

17 posted on 06/14/2007 6:33:11 PM PDT by paul in cape
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To: blam

So, they really did invent roast duck with mango salsa?


19 posted on 06/14/2007 6:33:35 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: paul in cape

lol


20 posted on 06/14/2007 6:36:27 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (When's MY turn? What crimes may I commit and recieve amnesty for?)
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