Saturday January 9th 2016Tim
The argument over
whether or not Neanderthals and the remaining extant
Human species to which you and I belong interbred has
been up there in the ether for several generations.
Objections to the idea were often fierce, and without
the science that permits an unraveling of a genome those
objections were as much an utterance from a Pulpit as
Neanderthal head was too big to pass through the birthing
tube of a darling Human Being. I recall this objection being
debated. Not so much in a lecture hall but in those
corridors of power where vast quantities of beer are
consumed. Discussion raged this way and that, but found no
resolution. Then it deteriorated into name calling, head
measuring and a series of ancillary entertainments all of
which seemed reasonable at the time.