September 14, 2008

Neanderthals in National Geographic

Big article on Neanderthals in the new National Geographic -- it doesn't seem to be online yet.

Neanderthals continue to fascinate me. There are very few species who don't have relatives within their genus -- Homo Sapiens is one. My cat, were he not so understandably content with his own evolutionary perfection, could smugly point to his relations, which include Asian fisher cats, ocelots and African wild cats. For me, there is only the poor skull on the book case -- a casting of a Neanderthal skull -- to remind me of my closest cousin.

I haven't read the article yet, but that's sort of what prompted this post. When I was a kid, one of the big events each month was the arrival of the National Geographic. It still is.

Posted by Ideofact at September 14, 2008 10:48 PM