Scientists now know that mating and offspring did occur between humans in Neanderthals, but it looks like we now have tangible proof. Actually, we’ve had the proof in our possession since 1957, but we didn’t have the techniques and the genetic knowledge for someone to test the jawbone until now. And it looks like this old jawbone likely did come from a Neanderthal/human hybrid.
There’s a good possibility in the future that scientists may be able to bring Neanderthals back to life using the power of genetics, but in order for that to happen, it’s going to require a human woman to carry the Neanderthal in her womb. So if you think you have the uterine fortitude to carry a fetal hominid that’s several times stronger than a human being, you could be the Eve of the new Neanderthal.
Without a big advance in genetics technology, it’s not a fight that’s going to ever happen, but if it could— and it probably once did— who would win in a one-on-one weapons-free brawl between a Neanderthal and a Homo sapien? The Neanderthal has the definite weight and strength advantage, but humans have more endurance, are quicker and are smarter. It’s like a classic brains vs brawn comic book brawl…
When you think of Neanderthals, yeah sure they had basic leather and fur clothing and some really basic tools, but medicine? Apparently so. New evidence from the dental tartar of Neanderthals shows they also had a basic knowledge of herbal medicine.
For decades, it was thought that the arrival of Homo sapiens into Europe was directly responsible for the downfall of Neanderthals. Just look at a map of Homo sapien expansion vs Neanderthal population contraction and the two fit very neatly. But as it turns out, environmental factors had already caused the Neanderthal population to go into a drastic decline.
This used to be the height of sexy.
For decades, scientists debated on whether or not Homo sapiens had sex with Neanderthals, and at this point it seems pretty solid that we were knocking boots with our smaller brained, more muscular hominid relatives. But an upside to that Neanderthal sex was that it apparently boosted the human immune system, which isn’t surprising if you think about how nasty Neanderthal genitalia was.
Back in July, Ozzy Osbourne was one of a handful of people who submitted their DNA for full sequencing and the results are now in. It appears that perhaps one of the secrets to Ozzy’s heartiness is that he’s got some Neanderthal lineage.