I see that a palaeontologist has discovered evidence of interbreeding between Homo Sapiens and Neanderthal Man. Dr Erik Trinkaus analysed fossil bone remains and found characteristics associated with both groups.
As you know, when our ancestors came out of Africa and arrived in Western Europe forty thousand years ago, they found it already inhabited by another human species. Imagine how pissed off they were.
Up to now, scientists had speculated that the two species didn’t interbreed, but their basis for making this assumption was suspect to say the least. The argument went that, as the Neanderthals were much stockier than us, with receding foreheads and prominent jaws, the Homo Sapiens wouldn’t be attracted to them. They’d find them physically repulsive and therefore no interbreeding would ever take place. And therefore, modern humans couldn’t possibly have any attributes of the Neanderthal.
Look, Gronk! There’s a big hairy smelly ape-like thing at our watering hole.
Yes, Urk, but it isn’t an ape. See! It’s carrying a primitive hand-tool and wearing animal skins for protection against the elements. Also, let me draw to your attention that it seems to be wearing a necklace of bone.
Why, so it is, Gronk. My goodness, isn’t it ugly!
Indeed, Urk. Let’s hurry back to the cave and warn the others.
Yeah. Right. The new humans wouldn’t mate with the old humans because they found them too ugly. Like that’s a fundamental characteristic of humans: they won’t have sex with ugly creatures.
I have only one answer to that: night-clubs.
Two. Two answers.
I think the good Dr Trinkaus may have stumbled on something of greater significance than he realises. Stone-age beer.