Neanderthals Still Around?
Everything I’d ever read on the subject told me that Neanderthals went extinct some 40,000 years ago. Everything I’d ever read on the subject was wrong. New evidence shows that the Neanderthals were still alive and kickin’ in southern Spain some 3000 years later than previously believed. Granted, 3000 years isn’t that long a time, relatively speaking. This isn’t jaw-dropping evidence, nothing shocking on the scale of what we’d see if it were determined that Neanderthals had been around as recently as 10,000 years ago. Still, every little bit of new research is intriguing. If Neanderthals in that part of the world managed to live on longer than the majority of the species, might there be other pocket populations that managed it, too? Smaller enclaves that lived until even more recent times–and perhaps might still be alive somewhere far off the beaten path? Someplace like the Himalayan Mountains, for example?
Unlike with Bigfoot, the Yeti makes for a good candidate for a relic Neanderthal. Bigfeet are huge, according to numerous sightings, far larger than any human (with commensurate feet; hence the name) and far too large to be Neanderthals. The Yeti of the Himalayas is short and stocky, just like Neanderthals were. I’m skeptical that there are any Neanderthals alive in the world today, but it’s a fascinating concept, isn’t it?