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November 01, 2006

Today's Alley Oop?

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Razib is teasing us with hints that Neanderthal genes may not be entirely extinct. Neanderthal-ish creatures, it seems, may still walk among us. Startling but substantial announcements (from Greg Cochran?) to be made soon. Any bets of which contempo population group is really a bunch of Neanderthals? I've already placed my bet on heavy-metal drummers.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at November 1, 2006




Comments

Guy on the Geico commercial.....

Posted by: James Dudek on November 1, 2006 3:02 PM



Oh c'mon. Dick Cheney's gotta be on the list. And Sean Hannity. What's up with that hairline?

Posted by: annette on November 1, 2006 4:18 PM



Neanderthal. Netherlands. Nearly an anagram: could there be a new Da Vinci code in this?

Posted by: dearieme on November 1, 2006 4:19 PM



Speculation on Neanderthal/h.s.s. interbreeding brings paleontologist Bjorn Kurten's two 1980's novels, set in Ice Age Europe: "Dance of the Tiger" and "Singletusk." Intriguing mix of storytelling and science. (Brief synopses here; skip to the paragraph beginning "In the 1970s Kurtén returned to fiction".)

Posted by: AMac on November 1, 2006 6:01 PM



Sean Hannity? The guy's handsome! Okay, he's not a metrosexual but does that make him a Neanderthal? Jeez.

Posted by: ricpic on November 2, 2006 6:34 AM



No, his political views and his mutant hairline make him a Neanderthal. Not "not being metrosexual." The latter actually works in his favor.

Posted by: annette on November 2, 2006 11:09 AM



Actually, it has been theorized that the Neanderthals were wiped out by advancing Homo Sapiens because they were less violent and warlike, so wouldn't that make Hannity Homo Sapiens, and liberals the Neanderthals? I offer this comment in the spirit of the above exchange...

Posted by: tschafer on November 2, 2006 12:51 PM



tschafer - As long as I can call liberals Neanderthals, I'm happy. ;^)

Posted by: ricpic on November 2, 2006 7:02 PM



It looks like no one else is struck by the question that strikes me as ultra-important: When did people start spelling "Neandertal" without the "h"? How did they slip that one by us? And why? I'm making a stand against it myself: I'm a "Neanderthal with an h" guy, now and forever.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on November 2, 2006 7:18 PM



Because the sound, tal, is so much more "in the know," than the sound, thal.

Posted by: ricpic on November 2, 2006 8:18 PM






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