Neanderthal lineage

J. Arthur Alley (
Wed, 24 Dec 1997 01:17:51 -0700


I've not been following for a day or so, so if this was already discussed, forgive
me and ignore this.

Have you read the article in this month's "Discover" magazine regarding the discoveries
in Spain? They seem to have found an ancester to H. sapien that was resident in
Europe some 800,000 years ago and more closely resembles H. sapien than does Neanderthal.
They're calling this new species "H. antecessor," and the authors are proposing
a new lineage to H. sapien, by which we are descended directly from antecessor, not
from Neanderthal, which the author proposes was an unsuccessful offshoot, our brothers,
not our fathers.

I thought of you, Glenn, immediately, as the discovery of a predecessor to humanity
bordering the Med would impact your theory. If you haven't read it yet, it's well
worth the read. If you have, what did you think?

In Christ,
J. Arthur Alley

J. Arthur Alley (
President, Paradigm Research Institute

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