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#1 Kay

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 11:40 PM

The Scariest Thing about Neanderthals

Meredith F. Small

LiveScience's Human Nature Columnist
LiveScience.com

Sat Nov 3, 3:05 PM ET

"Who knew the Weasley family trademarkóa shock of bright red hairówas tens of thousands of years old?

Fictional wizards and J.K. Rowling aside, researchers Carles Lalueza-Fox of the University of Barcelona, Spain and Holger Rompler of the University of Leipzig in Germany announced last week that Neanderthals, who died out 35,000 years ago, had the same distribution of hair and skin color as modern human European populations. By inference, that means that about 1 percent of Neanderthals must have been redheads, with pale skin and freckles.

The idea of Neanderthals with red hair and freckles is just plain charming. But it's also scary because it underscores the fact that Neanderthals were so much like us, and now they're gone."

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 12:49 PM

The idea of Neanderthals with red hair and freckles is just plain charming. But it's also scary because it underscores the fact that Neanderthals were so much like us, and now they're gone."


Perhaps not entirely. My daughter was reading about them. "Large heads, large noses, broad, powerfully built bodies, some with red hair and freckles." Then she put down the book and took a long look at me, and laughed.




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