Autistic individuals are NOT Neanderthal hybirds

A while ago I wrote about the Neanderthal theory of autism (NAT). For those of you who don’t remember (and are too lazy to click on that link), it’s the idea that autism spectrum disorder is a result of having additional Neanderthal genes.  Everyone is about 4% Neanderthal and NAT proponents believe autistic individuals simply…

The Neanderthal with a chin: a human hybrid?

Humans may have been evolving for millions of years, but some of our traits only developed recently. I’m always fascinated by these modern traits, they’re often the last thing you expect. Who would’ve thought that our forehead is a recent development? Or our chin? These seemingly inconsequential attributes are what help distinguish modern humans from our close…

Earlier Neanderthal Extinction?

Today’s question comes from Cadell, a fellow Advanced Ape. He claims to be Canadian, but I’ve never heard him apologise for anything so I’ve always been skeptical about his heritage. At any rate, he wanted my opinion on an article published on ScienceNews. It reports on a recent PENIS PNAS paper that provides new radiocarbon…

Could Neanderthals Throw #2

Neanderthals were very similar to us; even being so close genetically that we were able to interbreed. But it’s their differences that are fascinating because they suggest that all it takes is a few changes to create something decidedly non-human. A slight change to our brain structure and who knows, we may have never invented…

Why did the Neanderthals go extinct?

This post will be appearing on the Advanced Apes shortly. You get a peak ahead of time, because I love you The Neanderthals were our closest relatives who dominated the European continent from ~500,000 years ago onwards. Despite their classic portrayal as dumb brutes they are actually shared many similarities with us. Like Homo sapiens,…