Re: Neanderthal and PIE
|From:||Michael Poxon <mike@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, October 12, 2008, 22:50|
Yes, all that and more, which is where the "silly" came from!
The whole point is "why try and make this plausible at all?" (i.e.,
physically acceptible under current knowledge) since what we are dealing
with is fantasy rather than reality.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Henry" <jimhenry1973@...>
Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2008 9:54 PM
Subject: Re: Neanderthal and PIE
> On Sun, Oct 12, 2008 at 4:03 PM, Michael Poxon <mike@...> wrote:
>> Possibly silly way out of this (almost equally silly!) mess? Make what we
>> call Neanderthals a stranded group of aliens - hence the anthropological
>> discontinuity as well - who live an awfully long time and breed only
>> after a
>> long time as well, so language change is much slower and more gradual. At
>> the same time it would be an opportunity for a SF scenario, quite popular
>> understand. that posits we ourselves are alien offspring!
> To make that halfway plausible, you would have to posit that the aliens
> terraformed themselves to be able to live in Earth gravity, atmosphere,
> etc., digest nutrients found in Earth plants and animals, etc; borrowing
> a heap of DNA from the smartest animals they could find, improving
> on it and making sure the resulting brains had enough room for their
> Jim Henry
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