One of the eras that really fascinates me is the time when Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals coexisted. I recently watched AO - The Last Neanderthal... and it seemed a bit too much like "a bloke with big nose and eyebrows stuck on"... Lou Ferringo style. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1526578/
Yesterday I watched this video Neanderthal: Profile of a super predator
which seems to challenge all current thinking about what that time, and neanderthals were like. The sound is a bit iffy.
Neanderthals probably weren't bald, they didn't look like us... they were probably hairy like rhinos, elephants, etc. In a way, they'd be daft not to be.
The recent evidence that has found that we ( Europeans and Asians) have neanderthal DNA is not because some Homo Sapiens seduced a physically stronger Neanderthal dame with his slim hips, wit and better tools... but because we were violently predated on by Neanderthals and the women raped. And this in turn lead to us having to become a lot smarter.. or be wiped out.
Whilst it's a more brutal story, it does seem more likely... more like a nature documentary, less like Planet of the Apes.