You may have used the term Neanderthal to call some oafish person an idiot, but neanderthals are an interesting fragment of our own history. We’re not sure whether they descended from the progenitor of humans or whether they were a split off of modern man, but the record shows they lived in and around Europe until about 30,000 years ago. We don’t know why they disappeared, whether it was climate change, interbreeding with humans, or any number of bizarre theories, but now the tables are set: we want to bring them back.
As discovered a few months ago, DNA can only be reproduced up to 4.5 milion years, then it begins to break down (known as a half-life), leaving truly ancient creatures off the table, including Keith’s dreams for a Jurassic Park. Since Neanderthals and humans have only existed in the past milion years, it’d be super easy, once we have enough genetic data compiled, to bring a neanderthal back. How would a resurrected Neanderthal even adjust to our society? Research shows that they weren’t far off intellectually compared to humans of the era, even creating their own language. There’s a lot we could learn about how they lived and eventually went extinct from a living example of the species.
The only other thing scientist George Church needs is a woman to carry the Neanderthal child to term. Ladies?
Source: The Verge