Friday, April 05, 2013
Bodies in the backs of caves
Flared out hips Burial of their dead?
Barrel shaped chest Or just burying the bodies to get rid of them?
Thick body But then why bury them withoutother animals
In a place where it's hard to dig
Deep from front to back
Limb bones are curved
The occipital bun holds vision areas for the brain Brain sizes in general have been getting smaller even within the modern homo sapiens populations of the last 20,000 years
Were they smart or did they just see well? Modern average is 1350 cc.
Skulls from Israel:
Amud, Neanderthal 1740 cc 45 KYA
Skuhl 5, Modern humans 1520 cc 90KYA
The Neanderthals outlasted the humans in that area
When humans came out of Africa, there isn't evidence that Neanderthals were weaker reproductively
and just pushed out with the tide of humanity
Zygomatic Retreat Model
Progressive flatteningof the face- Adaptedto the cold
Heidelburg projected face Allen's rule: cold conditions=short limbs
Neanderthal pushes back everything but nose Also cold temps retard outward growth
Modern finished with the nose
Bergmann's rule: cold means big (more volume)