Cannibalism: the proof? Spigolature Scientifiche interview Fernando Ramirez Rozzi (Paris's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
Is the theory that states that neanderthalians would have become extinct by interbreeding with Sapiens completely to reject?
I think so but no from my results, but from genetic results. The basic question is, what do you expect to find to suggest Neandertals and Homo sapiens have interbreded? The answer is that some genetic aspects (nuclear or mythocondrial) of neandertals has passed to early representatives of Homo sapiens in Europe (Cro-Magnon). All studies in genetics suggest that the genetic (nuclear and mt) in neandertals is completely different to Cro-Magnon and there is no evidence of any minimal nucleotidic chain of neandertals present in Cro-magnon. Probably you don't accept this explanation, so I come back to my question, what kind of evidence do you expect to find to suggest interbreeding?
We made excavations during the last 4 years. The excavation was definitively closed last August.
I never saw the original material so I know only from what I have read certainly like you. In my opinion (but I never saw the fossils) it seems to me it is a new species, but any other colleague who has worked on these fossils is more capacited to talk about it than me.
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