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Re: Neanderthal and PIE

From:Noelle Morris <rhamantus@...>
Date:Monday, October 13, 2008, 18:38
Also, the Neanderthals died out and were not the ancestors of
> any humans living today, and I think there is some evidence that > the Neanderthals were not fully sapient and probably did not > speak a language of the same kind as the languages known to us. > > ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf >
Actually, recent research on Neanderthal DNA shows that they had a version of the FOX2P gene very similar to ours, and they also had slightly larger brains than ours. So, I think it's entirely possible that they had some communicative ability; what the extent was can never be truly known, though. As for not being fully sapient, again I think that's arguable; they buried their dead with grave goods, after all, and some have been found with decorative items suggesting some culture. -- - Rhamantus