Skip to comments.Humanity's Best Friend: How Dogs May Have Helped Humans Beat the Neanderthals
Posted on 05/15/2012 11:00:12 AM PDT by Theoria
Over 20,000 years ago, humans won the evolutionary battle against Neanderthals. They may have had some assistance in that from their best friends.
One of the most compelling -- and enduring -- mysteries in archaeology concerns the rise of early humans and the decline of Neanderthals. For about 250,000 years, Neanderthals lived and evolved, quite successfully, in the area that is now Europe. Somewhere between 45,000 and 35,000 years ago, early humans came along.
They proliferated in their new environment, their population increasing tenfold in the 10,000 years after they arrived; Neanderthals declined and finally died away.
What happened? What went so wrong for the Neanderthals -- and what went so right for us humans?
The cause, some theories go, may have been environmental, with Neanderthals' decline a byproduct of -- yikes -- climate change. It may have been social as humans developed the ability to cooperate and avail themselves of the evolutionary benefits of social cohesion. It may have been technological, with humans simply developing more advanced tools and hunting weapons that allowed them to snare food while their less-skilled counterparts starved away.
The Cambridge researchers Paul Mellars and Jennifer French have another theory, though. In a paper in the journal Science, they concluded that "numerical supremacy alone may have been a critical factor" in human dominance -- with humans simply crowding out the Neanderthals. Now, with an analysis in American Scientist, the anthropologist Pat Shipman is building on their work. After analyzing the Mellars and French paper and comparing it with the extant literature, Shipman has come to an intriguing conclusion: that humans' comparative evolutionary fitness owes itself to the domestication of dogs.
(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...
Humans came along only 40,000 or so years ago? What did we come from?
That is early... it's all I can do to drag my sorry butt out of bed by 6 AM.
LOL!!! Good one!
Neanderthals are not human?? I guess they are apes then, huh? If they are neither, that only leaves the “missing link”, and I don’t recall them being called that.
“Neanderthal” is a term of abuse often employed by liberals to condemn conservatives.
I’d like to propose a new theory. The Neanderthals died out because they were liberals.
Perhaps they expected their dogs to do all the work for them, and the dogs finally revolted in disgust.
Always gotta work in some climate change propaganda, no matter how ludicrous and out-of-place.
“Id like to propose a new theory. The Neanderthals died out because they were liberals.”
But liberals didn’t die out. They are as tenacious as rats.
I still rely on dogs to keep Neaderthals out of my house.
I would think it is rather obvious. The Neanderthals chose to follow the path to Socialism while the humans chose the way of capitalism. History is about to repeat itself!!!
The muzzies are the new Neandrathals. They don’t get along with dogs either.
This theory actually makes a little sense.
Although, I prefer the theory that Neandertals were the descendents of Cain, and got wipe out in the Flood.
Or maybe they were the Nephilim.
Or maybe after they got a look at the Cro-Magnon, the Neanderthal males just couldn’t get it going with their own females. No, that couldn’t be it. They were men
Sure, but we know there were survivors after the flood.
“The Neanderthals died out because they were liberals.”
I agree. The Neanderthals embraced the god of Diversity At Any Cost and eventually found themselves destroyed by the very people they celebrated.
This “Article” is pure TRIPE!
Leftist academia is allergic to two fundamental characteristics of man: war and religion. Dogs are mostly useful as an early warning to an impending raid. Humans are especially smelly and dogs can easily smell two legged threats coming. The key competitive advantage Cro-Magnon man had over Neanderthals was religion, which both unifies a culture and makes warriors fearless and unshakably optimistic. The Neanderthals were not religious. Religion is an overwhelming competitive advantage in tribal warfare.
Yep Noah, his wife and 3 sons and their wives and LOTS of animals and NO others.
Cro-Magnon moms filled schoolkids` lunchboxs with junk food.
There were others. I was talking about the sons of Anak.
All mankind, less true Africans, have more than a smattering of Neanderthal DNA in them.
I’d say they were just another variety of humans and bred into the population.
Also, for the record, Neaderthals were likely smarter than the average homo sapien, with larger brains. Stronger, too.
This is actually my true opinion. I never did understand why some many anthropologists were so eageer to designate them as a distinct species, unable to breed with modern humans, on what seemed to me to ve very little evidence. Or maybe I do.
Homo sapiens could outrun a neanderthal. Neanderthals would have a strength advantage, but modern humans could attack with projectile weapons and run out of reach. H. sap had atlatls and perhaps bows 50,000 years ago.
Constant warfare was the way of life for most primitive societies.
Our ancestors probably ATE the neanderthals.
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Thanks Theoria.To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.The Neandertal EnigmaFrayer's own reading of the record reveals a number of overlooked traits that clearly and specifically link the Neandertals to the Cro-Magnons. One such trait is the shape of the opening of the nerve canal in the lower jaw, a spot where dentists often give a pain-blocking injection. In many Neandertal, the upper portion of the opening is covered by a broad bony ridge, a curious feature also carried by a significant number of Cro-Magnons. But none of the alleged 'ancestors of us all' fossils from Africa have it, and it is extremely rare in modern people outside Europe." [pp 126-127]
That's for darn sure. My Golden doesn't have to whimper, or bark. He just gazes at a person with big brown eyes and people give him a treat. The same works in reverse. Catch his eye, and he will immediately sit and get another treat. Not a sound is passed between us.
In fact, a guy might even choose his dog over his girl. :-))
Maybe they can help us beat the Muslims too.
Haven’t you ever seen the movie, ‘It’s A Neanderthal Christmas’?
The meat rendering scene is so touching.
“Living under the cloud of Israel’s cruel apartheid” was the bogus headline. Thanks BenLurkin.
As it stands, thanks to Neandertal, we’re Cro Magnon Mignon. :’)
Yet another reason to choose dogs over cats.
The article refers to the first arrival of humans in Europe, "Somewhere between 45,000 and 35,000 years ago".
After many decades of scientific debate, and several hypotheses, the "consensus" these days is that humans evolved in eastern Africa, and that "Mitochondrial Eve" and "Y-chromosome Adam" lived there between 142,000 and 200,000 years ago.
As to the "what" humans came from, we evolved from non-human hominids, of whom remains from dozens of species or sub-species have been identified.
So, which of those were, or were not, our ancestors? That's hard to say.
However, the DNA evidence we have from Neanderthals suggests that guys then were as horny as today, and would pretty much mate with anyone who'd let them... ;-)
And that suggests multiple-choice answer D: "all of the above."
Thanks for the cool info.
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