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quote:Originally posted by ROBERTAccording to Bill Bryson in his book “a short history of nearly everything” (p551):-“Neanderthal had brains that were significantly larger than modern people – 1.8 litres for Neanderthals versus 1.4 for modern people”.Is this true ?, is Homo-Sapiens microcephalic compared with Neanderthal man ?
quote:Originally posted by ROBERTI am sure females will concur with you Chris, as they have smaller brains than males. However some have a different opinion:-""Men are simply more intelligent than women:The study, due to be published in the British Journal of Psychology in November (2005), concluded that men not only have larger brains but also higher IQs, on average by about 5 points, than women....""http://althouse.blogspot.com/2005/08/men-are-simply-more-intelligent-than.html
quote:Originally posted by Ray hintonyes,all this is very interesting,but if neandertals had such big brains,why didnt they invent the car,or gun,then they could have done a drive-by on cromanion,and stopped him becoming the dominant species.every village has one !
quote:Originally posted by daveshortsI will add my own unsupported suppositions:Neanderthals were adapted to very cold conditions, where food was very scarse so their population density was probably extreemly low. Modern humans were adapted for warmer conditions so adapted to higher population densities. This may have meant that Neanderthals worked in smaller groups than the modern humans, who probably developed better political skills because of it.The neanderthals could have been exceedingly good at what they did - living in small groups mostly off meat, but humans in larger groups supported by more vegetables, would have been able to push them into the more and more marginal areas... Also being in bigger groups is probably better for the disemination of information, and new techniques... Although I am not sure if the technology development was rapid enough for this to be an issue.