Just curious about the wording in the first paragraph of this article: “Around 36,000 years ago, Neandertals and people lived side by side ….” Were not the Neandertals “people,” and isn’t it true that Neandertals and Cro-Magnons were both Homo sapiens?
John Hanson Mitchell Lincoln, Mass.
This is one of the biggest debates in paleoanthropology. Many researchers regard Neandertals as a separate species
, Homo neanderthalensis.
Others view Neandertals as a geographic variant of
The debate is far from over
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