Thursday, April 14, 2016
Humans Gave Neanderthals Herpes
There is growing scientific consensus that Homo neanderthalensis was out-competed by modern humans and the disease theory fits that scenario. Weakened by disease, individual bands of Neanderthals whose gene pool was already shrinking due to geographic isolation could not have competed successfully with their more immune neighbors despite growing evidence they were as intelligent as the recent arrivals from Africa. Stone tools indicating an adept user have been found associated with Neanderthal remains as have bone tools. A building 26 feet wide created about 44,000 years ago from mammoth bones has been unearthed by researchers in France. They may have adorned themselves with jewelry made from animal parts and engaged in art. More genetic evidence indicates Neanderthals possessed the genetic code that allows humans to talk even though advanced mammals communicate effectively without talking.