Photographic evidence is pouring in from the National Academy of Newspaper Scientists that Neanderthals may have been liberal comedians.
At least that's what it looks like to me. I didn't even know there were Neanderthals left to pose for photographs, until I spotted them on Geiko commercials a decade ago. This latest photo, featured by Science Recorder Friday, was taken by "scientists", those anonymous all-seeing marvels of modern journalism. The Science Recorder article, or at least the snippet of it viewable without a subscription, even documents who Neanderthals had sex with, which explains what made it newsworthy. A genome documents this gabfest fuel.
A bigger broadside at BBC builds its belief from a bone, that Neanderthals could talk just like some humans can. Its photo looks more like a Geico rep than Bill Maher, but the background of the photo looks exactly like one of Maher's TV sets.
My wife isn't impressed by the similarities I see: the clenched smile, the self confidence in the eyes, the straight-back hair. She notes the differences: the bigger nose, the greater distance from the eyebrows to the hairline, the wrinkles on the forehead, the beard. I don't know, but I think the differences she sees are attributable to age. I think Bill Maher will look exactly like that, once he reaches 100,000.
What do you think?