12509Re: [ANE-2] Re: Neanderthal
- May 26, 2010Dear Alfredo,
I have only just seen your message which for some reason found its way
into my spam box. My question was rhetorical. I think it very unlikely
that Hom Sap-Neanderthal offspring would be fertile. Therefore I am very
suspicious of the claim that there the genetic analysis, or perhaps its
interpretation, is correct. I do not see how we could carry Neanderthal
genetic material today unless offspring were fertile.
Yes indeed horses and donkeys, also bactrian and dromedary camels etc
have infertile offspring.
> Dear Geoffrey, why do say that if Sapiens and Neanderthal interbred this
> surely implies that offspring of such union would be fertile? Is it not
> true that horses and donkey can interbreed, but the offspring is not
> fertile? Do we have other evidence rather than logical implication to
> assert that offspring of Sap Sap and Neanderthal were fertile? (I do not
> know anything about this topic...)
> All the best
> Alfredo R.
> Alfredo Rizza
> Vis. Sch. UCB - Dep. of Linguistics
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