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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.

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.
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I believe Neanderthal man to be pre-flood man
the Bible says pre-flood man lived up to 900 years
cheers from downunder
The annoying thing is that we know so little about Neanderthals - the fossil record is very sparse and non-fossil evidence almost absent.

Our relationship could have taken many forms, although your other commenter is reaching a bit I think :)
Maybe it's the fact that imagining that far back, even with lots of evidence takes some creativity... and allows it.

Maybe when they work out what really happened, I won't find it as interesting.
If you prefer fiction feel free to just read a novel ;)

or, indeed, the bible.
Yes but novels are just made up stuff, unlike facts which are real made up stuff
i thought your complaint was too much facts making it boring, and you preferred the lack of facts since that allowed some creative interpretation?
Can you recommend any novels that are set in the time when Ray Mears ruled the earth.
That's not quite what I said... it's not the amount of facts per se...
I was going to draw comparisons with interpretation of the bible, or pre-history at least. And how the weaving of a plausible story in amongst the facts changes.

On the subject of melting pots. That metaphor always scared me a bit.
I'd be very pleased to have some neanderthal in me too. I am a proud mongrel myself ;)
I'll see what I can do :-)
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