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Luis Ríos - National Museum Of Natural History
We have to be very cautious because we have studied one skeleton.feedback
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Sep 23 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Neanderthals. 33 people are quoted and you can read 55 citations of them about Neanderthals. Laura Weyrich, Johannes Krause, Keith Dobney and Luis Ríos, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Laura Weyrich said: “If you're swapping spit between species, there's kissing going on, or at least food sharing.”.
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Fernando Racimo

We are realizing more and more that the evolutionary history of modern and archaic humans was a lot more reticulated than we would have thought 10 years ago. This and previous findings are lending support to models with frequent interbreeding events.feedback

Adam Siepel

Now you have this hybrid child, which is probably pretty unusual-looking. One way or another, this hybrid individual was absorbed into Neanderthal society.feedback

Johannes Krause

These are things that I never thought possible five years ago.feedback

Johannes Krause

This is now a comprehensive picture. It brings everything together.feedback

Rick Perry

We're not necessarily going to be cutting a bunch of programs out in totality. What we are going to be doing is looking at these agency functions: What can be consolidated? How do you get rid of duplicative efforts? Being a skeptic about some of these issues is quite all right. This idea that science is absolutely settled and that if you don't believe it's settled, you're somehow or another a Neanderthal, that is so inappropriate.feedback

Frank Brown

I think it's wonderful that finally we've got a date from Jebel Irhoud. They're not Homo neanderthalensis. They're not Homo erectus. They're not Homo anybody else.feedback

Claire Cameron

The idea that there are traces of Neanderthal in me is incredible. I grew up thinking that they're gone, but their line isn't gone; they're present in us.feedback

Chris Stringer

This is astonishingly young for a species that still displays primitive characteristics found in fossils about 2 million years old, such as the small brain size, curved fingers, and form of the shoulder, trunk and hip joint. Yet the wrist, hands, legs and feet look more like those of Neanderthals and modern humans, and the teeth are relatively small and simple, and set in lightly built jawbones.feedback

John Hawks

This likley adds weight to the hyposthesis that Homo naledi was using dark, remote places to cache its dead. What are the odds of a second, almost identical occurrence happening by chance? Some of the new bones add detail to what we knew before. The 'Neo' skeleton has a complete collarbone and a near-complete femur, which help to confirm what we knew about the size and stature of Homo naledi, and that it was both an effective walker and climber. The vertebrae are just wonderfully preserved, and unique -- they have a shape we've only seen in Neanderthals.feedback

Chris Stringer

If the results stand up to further scrutiny, this does indeed change everything we thought we knew.feedback

Steven Holen

The very honest answer is, we don't know. We expected skepticism because of the extremely old age of this site.feedback

Carles Lalueza-Fox

The technique could increase the sample size of the Neanderthal and Denisovan mitochondrial genomes, which until now were limited by the number of preserved remains. And it will probably be possible to even recover substantial parts of nuclear genomes.feedback

James Cole

There has been much recent interest in how cooking can increase the caloric value retrieved from meat. However, given the nature of this study, it was not possible to conduct analyses on cooked human flesh. We know that modern humans have a range of complex motivations for cannibalism that extend from ritual, aggressive, and survival to dietary reasons. Why then would a hominin species such as the Neanderthals, who seem to have had varying attitudes to the burial and treatment of their dead not have an equally complex attitude towards cannibalism?feedback

Laura Weyrich

If you're swapping spit between species, there's kissing going on, or at least food sharing.feedback

Laura Weyrich

I do wonder what rhino tastes like. I'm not a big fan of sheep. I think I'll take the rhino.feedback

Laura Weyrich

This study really gives us a glimpse of what was in a Neanderthal's medicine cabinet. I definitely believe our research suggests Neanderthals were highly capable, intelligent, likely friendly beings. We really need to rewrite the history books about their 'caveman-like' behaviors. They were very human-like behaviors.feedback

Laura Weyrich

We don't know if we're looking at their last meal or random food debris from the last ten years.feedback

Christina Warriner

But we know very little about its diversity or function, either today or in the past. It is an important reminder of how we're really just scratched the surface of the human microbiome, and how much work there is to do to understand the evolution of this fundamental part of our human biology.feedback

Luca Fiorenza

Those that occupied southern regions with relatively warm climates, consumed different types of foods, including meat and vegetables. But Neanderthals that lived in very harsh conditions, such as northern Europe, were forced to rely on the limited sources available–meat.feedback

Laura Weyrich

When people talk about the Paleo diet, that's not paleo, that's just non-carb. The true paleo diet is eating whatever's out there in the environment. We need to revamp the view of Neanderthals as these meat-eating, club-toting cavemen. They had a very good understanding of what foods were available to them.feedback

Laura Weyrich

When you think about swapping oral microbiomes, there are just three ways that's known to happen–kissing, food sharing, or parental care. It suggests that those interactions between modern humans and Neanderthals were more friendly than they have been painted in the past.feedback

Keith Dobney

We can really start to mine this amazing record of our joint evolutionary history with these key microorganisms that are basically part of our lives and keep us alive.feedback

Keith Dobney

Neanderthals, not surprisingly, are doing different things, exploiting different things, in different places. You would expect if Neanderthals were eating each other, that the quantity of Neanderthal DNA would be a lot higher in [the tartar] – it would be part of the food debris. [That] doesn't appear to be the case. Potentially this is evidence of more sophisticated behaviour in terms of knowledge of medicinal plants. The idea that Neanderthals were a bit simple and just dragging their knuckles around is one that has gone a long time ago, certainly in the anthropological world.feedback

Philipp Gunz

Certainly look like what many paleoanthropologists (myself included) imagine the Denisovans to look like. Unfortunately, however, it is not possible to infer skull morphology from ancient DNA directly. I therefore hope that future studies will be able to extract ancient DNA from these or similar specimens.feedback

Xiujie Wu

Eastern Asian late archaic humans have been interpreted to resemble their Neanderthal contemporaries to some degree.feedback

Xiujie Wu

Yet it is only with the discovery of two human crania, that the nature of these eastern Eurasian early Late Pleistocene archaic humans is becoming clear.feedback

Katerina Harvati

It is a very exciting discovery. Especially because the human fossil record from East Asia has been not only fragmentary but also difficult to date. This would be the combination that one would expect based on the ancient DNA analysis of Denisovans, who were closely related to Neanderthals.feedback

Jacques Jaubert

The origin of the structures is undeniably human. It really cannot be otherwise.feedback

Jacques Jaubert

The find is solid, and it is an important documentation of the advanced behaviors of the Neanderthals. This requires the mobilization of people who choose, who lead, who advise, manufacture–and with continuous light. All this indicates a structured society.feedback

Mike Donahue

We want to be the place where the vegan can come for the portobello burger with almond-milk cheese, with the Neanderthal friend who just wants a really good cheeseburger. We want to beat the vegetarian veto, where one person gets to decide where the whole group is going to have lunch.feedback

Juan Luis Arsuaga

It allows us to better understand how the evolution of the Neanderthals occurred, the characteristics of our species, the relationship between different species and the evolutionary lineages in these chronologies, close to half a million years ago.feedback

Irene Eckstrand

The story of early human evolution is captivating in itself, yet it also has far-reaching implications for understanding the organization of the modern human genome.feedback

Sriram Sankararaman

But we can't tell if the Neanderthal alleles are contributing to disease.feedback

Joshua Akey

The 2 percent of your Neanderthal DNA might be different than my 2 percent of Neanderthal DNA, and it's found at different places in the genome.feedback

Juan Luis Arsuaga

This provides insight into how evolution happened to the Neanderthals, the evolution of our species, and the evolutionary relationships between species and lineages almost 1,000 million years ago.feedback

Svante Paabo

We have sequenced 30 mg of bone. What it showed was that there existed a human form 30 – 40 thousand years ago in Siberia – a new human form that we didn't know about before – that is neither related to us nor to the Neanderthals.feedback

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