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4,288.  There was a time when we shared this planet with other, very different types of human.  By the time our ancestors left Africa 100,000 years ago most of these others had gone extinct.  But not all.  Other species have made the journey out of Africa before us.  (Human Being & Evolution & Neanderthal & Extinction)  Planet of the Apemen: Battle for Earth, BBC 2011 part 1

 

 

4,300.  This is our world.  We have shaped it in our image.  Made it  our own.  We are now the only humans in existence.  Absolute rulers of the Earth.  Planet of the Apemen II: Battle for Earth

 

4,301.  Why against the odds did we win the battle of planet Earth?  (Human Being & Evolution & Neanderthal & Extinction)  ibid.

 

4,302.  32,000 years ago a new species of human was spreading out across Europe.  Southern France.  The colour of their skin betrayed their African origins.  Homo sapiens hadn’t been here very long and there wasn’t very many of them.  These people were modern humans.  They were our ancestors.  As they spread out across our continent they entered the territory of another species - the Neanderthals.  (Human Being & Evolution & Neanderthal & Extinction)  ibid.   

 

4,303.  That physical power was complimented by another vital asset.  So as well as having significantly larger bodies Neanderthal had considerably larger brains.  Making them a formidable enemy.  (Human Being & Evolution & Neanderthal & Extinction & Enemy)  ibid.

 

 

6,080.  The Neanderthals didn’t survive as a species when we arrived.  (Evolution & Human Being & Neanderthal)  The Human Spark I: Becoming Us, PBS

 

6,081.  One group of descendants stayed behind in Africa, but another group headed north ... the Neanderthals.  (Evolution & Human Being & Neanderthal)  ibid.

 

6,082.  A picture of Neanderthal life that seems strikingly similar to the life of their ancestors in Africa.  (Evolution & Human Being & Neanderthal)  ibid.

 

6,083.  Neanderthal children by contrast seem to have grown up more quickly.  (Evolution & Human Being & Neanderthal)  ibid.

 

6,084.  No beads have ever been found at a Neanderthal site.  (Evolution & Human Being & Neanderthal)  ibid.

 

 

6,099.  Neanderthals: they’d evolved down a different branch of the human family tree.  (Evolution & Human Being & Neanderthal)  Man on Earth with Tony Robinson: Triumph of the Homo Sapiens

 

6,100.  One pocket remained in Gibraltar.  (Evolution & Human Being & Neanderthal)  ibid. 

 

 

75,955.  When we got to Europe we discovered we were not alone.  (History & Neanderthal)  Andrew Marr’s History of the World I

 

75,956.  We probably co-existed with the Neanderthals in Europe for between five and ten thousand years.  (History & Neanderthal)  ibid.

 

 

82,751.  The way Neanderthals are treated in the popular media is very unfair.  There were highly evolved humans.  Professor Chris Stringer, Natural History Museum

 

 

82,752.  Neanderthals were living in smaller family groups than we were.  Professor Chris Stringer, Natural History Museum 

 

 

82,753.  Neanderthals cared about each other.  Professor Chris Stringer

 

 

82,754.  They were very muscular: short, wide, very stocky, very powerfully built.  Professor Chris Stinger

 

 

82,755.  Notwithstanding, if he could be reincarnated and placed in a New York subway – provided that he were bathed, shaved, and dressed in modern clothing – it is doubtful whether he would attract any more attention than some of its other denizens.  William L Strauss and A J E Cave, Quaterley Review of Biology 1957

 

 

82,756.  Over the last one hundred and fifty years scientists have been able to piece together a better picture of Neanderthals and what they really might have been like: they were stocky, strong and well adapted to cold weather.  Russian Bigfoot

 

82,757.  This means Neanderthals may have helped each other in times of sickness or injury ... Neanderthals might have ritually buried their dead.  ibid.

 

 

82,758.  When our ancestors first arrived in Europe thirty-five to forty thousand years ago there were people already waiting for them.  Another species of human who had been living in Europe for hundreds of thousands of years.  They were called the Neanderthals.  The Neanderthals were as much a part of the human family as we are.  Closer to us than any living animal.  Horizon: The Day We Learned to Think, BBC 2003

 

 

82,759.  Europe.  80,000 years ago.  For countless generations the kingdom of a remarkable and mysterious creature.  Neanderthal.  A species of human in many ways so similar to us, and yet also very different.  Horizon: Neanderthal, BBC 2005

 

82,760.  Was Neanderthal the simple-minded brute of legend, or a rival to our own species?  And why is it that today we are the only species of human alive?  And the Neanderthal is extinct?  ibid.

 

82,761.  He stood no more than five foot four inches tall.  But he had an immensely powerful build.  ibid.

 

82,762.  To survive he would have needed a lot of calories.  And that meant meat.  ibid.

 

82,763.  Measuring the volume of our Neanderthal’s brain shows it to be 20% bigger than the average for a modern human.  But size isn’t everything.  ibid.  

 

82,764.  He wasn’t the primitive ape man of legend after all.  Powerful, adaptive to the cold, and now it appears intelligent.  ibid.

 

82,765.  In the world of Ice Age Europe he should be invincible.  ibid.

 

82,766.  Neanderthals faced a crisis of survival.  The forests in which they lived were dying out because of the weather.  And in this new open landscape they would have found it increasingly difficult to hunt.  (Neanderthal & Extinction)  ibid.  

 

82,767.  It seems that the very features that made Neanderthal perfectly adapted to the rigours of the Ice Age had also locked him into an evolutionary dead end.  (Neanderthal & Extinction)  ibid.

 

 

82,768.  No complete Neanderthal skeleton has ever been recovered.  My dream has been has always been that I can somehow gather together as many good casts as I can and see if it is feasible, possible, to make a complete skeleton.  (Neanderthal & Extinction)  Gary Sawyer, American Museum of Natural History 

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