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Humans and Neanderthals

  1. janesix profile image60
    janesixposted 21 months ago

    Humans first mated with Neanderthals 50,000 years ago.

    http://www.livescience.com/48399-when-n … rbred.html

    There was also a sudden change in human behavior 50,000, with advances in tool use and art (cave paintings etc).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_modernity

    Did the interbreeding with Neanderthals, with their bigger brains, help us grow in innovation and intelligence?

    1. wilderness profile image94
      wildernessposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      Did human brains jump in size after cross breeding with Neanderthals?

      1. janesix profile image60
        janesixposted 21 months ago in reply to this

        I don't think so. At least I couldn't find anything that says that.

        1. wilderness profile image94
          wildernessposted 21 months ago in reply to this

          Then it would seem to lower the probability that cross breeding increased our intelligence because of the larger brain of the Neanderthal.

  2. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 21 months ago

    If larger brains were 'smarter' we would discuss literature with walruses and everyone would agree males are smarter than females.

    1. wilderness profile image94
      wildernessposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      You mean they don't already agree with the male/female thing?

      *ducks and runs for cover*

 
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