Sunday, March 7, 2010
I find human evolution to be one of the most interesting parts of evolutionary biology because it affects us directly. On pgs. 205-06, Coyne mentions the famous Neanderthals, whose fossils are found around Europe. He says that "when I was a student, I was taught they simply evolved into modern humans." Now, evidence suggests that Neanderthals were a evolutionary dead end. What theories revolve around Neanderthals? How did they evolve? How did they go extinct? Talk about them possibly encountering modern man H. sapiens. Also, how close were Neanderthals to modern man? There is evidence of them having burial rituals, which might suggest a religion. Some debate that they had a sort of culture with art and music. Who were H. neanderthalensis?