Originally Posted by adventfred
It funny many people dont know this
They don't - even those that pretend to be "knowledgable" haven't figured out that DNA and Genetics came along and by the mid-70's, completely destroyed the underpinnings of Racial theory.
What I found interesting is that when they "reconstructed" a Neanderthal using the most advanced methods possible, they really wouldn't stick out that much. Stockier, thicker legs, barrel chested, perhaps bearded - but nothing that wouldn't be out of place on a street in a regular city.
I think people carry on with old ways of thinking. Like the photo of "cavemen". For all we really know, "cavemen" didn't live in caves. They could have entirely lived in tents (or yurts) that were portable, suited for nomadic life - and the only reason that we associate them with caves is that they occasionally lived there, where their remains were preserved. We could say the same for the First Nations, that may have stayed in caves at times, but for the most part, lived in some kind of portable structure, or in structures made out of natural substances that would decay quickly, leaving no remains.
I do not think we can rule out such matters, and "cavemen" may have been far more advanced and complex than we generally give them credit for. It is just that they didn't leave records of their existence. We simply do not know, all we know is a small fragment of what we happen to find. The matter of "species" is also always up for debate, with lots of changes made to those assumptions every time some new proof comes up. We simply do not know if these peoples were some distinct branch of humanity, or simply some tribal element that had some kind of slight difference that we interpret as "different", rather than just being a variation. But I am also inclined to think there were number of sub-species variants that came and went, and interbred, until "Modern Man" became predominant, for whatever unknown reason.