Re: Neanderthal DNA

Dick Fischer (
Sun, 13 Jul 1997 22:23:45 -0500

Glenn Morton wrote:

>Besides, if Neanderthal men found sapiens women beautiful, then Neanderthals
>could be in our ancestry and this is still consistent with the results of
>the DNA tests. mtDNA is only passed on by women to their offspring. Thus
>if Neanderthal men all married sapien women, the mtDNA passed on to the next
>generation would be sapiens mtDNA! This result only proves that there is no
>direct maternal line from Neandertals to modern men. It does not rule out
>Neanderthal ancestry of other sorts.

My guess is that if sapiens women were incorporated into Neanderthal culture
their offspring remained with Neanderthals until they eventually were
eradicated. I'm thinking of adversarial cultures with women taken as
spoils of war similar to what happened in the old West between white
settlers and folks we used to call "indians." Still, different scenarios
would yield different results.

Dick Fischer