Leads one to question how exactly Europeans acquired Neandertal DNA, especially since my understanding is that it is all essentially in the female line.
I don’t think I’ve ever been that desperate.
You, being desperate, has nothing to do with it.
If a Neantherdal, male or female, gets you, you’re going to have relations with him/her.
How's this for an explanation? A woman would stay with her own tribe, so any Neanderthal-CroMagnon baby with Cro-M mother would be incorporated into a Cro-M tribe and bring in Neandertal DNA. If the father was Cro-M, then the baby would be incorporated into Neandertal tribe.