Feb 16

This Week’s Big Question: Neanderthal vs Modern Human?

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This week’s Big Question:

Neanderthal vs Modern Human?

Over the last two decades, new scientific techniques have made fascinating insights into the biology and behavior of Neanderthals possible. Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology details the discovery of possible genetic integration between Neanderthals and modern humans 60,000 years ago. Meanwhile, Peter McAllister, author of Manthropology: The Science of Why the Modern Male Is Not the Man He Used to Be, compares the muscular size and strength of modern-day humans with that of Neanderthals. By examining fossil records, he determined that a Neanderthal woman could beat the champion arm wrestler Alexey Voevoda. Does the evolutionary success of our own species depend on eliminating or limiting genes that enable superior muscular strength?

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TWO VIEWS: Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin and Peter McAllister

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