Neandertal Promoted to Fully Human

first_imgThe myth of the brutish, subhuman Neandertal is apparently almost dead.  Science1 Oct. 1 showed a picture of him in a business suit in an article entitled, “Dressed for Success: Neandertal Culture Wins Respect.”  Michael Balter writes, “respect is growing for Neandertals” as evidence mounts that they made jewelry, wore clothing, and survived a variety of harsh climates by their wits.    Balter reports that most of a hundred archaeologists and anthropologists gathered at Gibraltar last month agreed that Neandertals were “complex hominids doing complex things.”  They may not have had the better needles of their “modern human” neighbors, but their sharp, pointed bone awls could have easily pierced animal hides to make clothing.  And clothes they needed: new studies show that their stout, muscular bodies would not have provided much protection from their low-temperature habitats, as previously assumed.    Several at the meeting argued that Neandertals were also culturally the equals of the other humans.  Radiocarbon dates that had been used to separate the two groups have lately been called into question (for example, see 07/08/2004 headline).  Some are now arguing that Neandertals independently developed culture, art and tools without borrowing the technology from their presumably more advanced newcomers.  Leslie Aiello (University College, London) summed up the revisions: “The Neandertals had big brains, and they must have been using them for something.”  The gap is closing, but we haven’t fully closed it yet.”1Michael Balter, “Paleoanthropology: Dressed for Success: Neandertal Culture Wins Respect,” Science, Vol 306, Issue 5693, 40-41, 1 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5693.40].If it were not for evolution-inebriated Charlie worshipers wanting to force scattered fossils and artifacts into a timeline of progress, this whole mess would not have lasted so long.  It’s time to conclude the old brutish-Neandertal story they told us for over 100 years was just another mistake in the long tradition of Darwin Party mistakes.  For that matter, the entire suite of early-man tales we were taught in the textbooks is now in the trash (see 02/15/2002 and 09/23/2004 headlines).  The evolutionary hall of shame would make for an interesting museum: show all the supposed human ancestors that were either hoaxes or misinterpretations (better buy plenty of floor space) and let viewers learn lessons from real, observable history.  Joachim Neander himself would feel vindicated (see 10/26/2001 headline).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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The Long-playing singles

first_imgSingle is the new sexy. Gone are the days to flaunt that chunky solitaire announcing you’re hitched, now it’s the free birds attracting envious glances when they walk in with the flavour of the month. However, everything said and done, it’s quite difficult to avoid one question when you sport,Single is the new sexy. Gone are the days to flaunt that chunky solitaire announcing you’re hitched, now it’s the free birds attracting envious glances when they walk in with the flavour of the month. However, everything said and done, it’s quite difficult to avoid one question when you sport the ‘single’ tag after hitting 30. By choice or compulsion, the debate will continue forever. For some it is the wait for the perfect partner that shelved marriage plans and others have taken a deliberate decision. Whatever it is, they seem to be happy and content.Sunder RamuSunder Ramu, 36, Fashion photographerSunder is perhaps the nicest guy you can hope to meet. Of course when you are the city’s foremost fashion photographer (he has shot the gorgeous cover picture so you can judge for yourself!) working with hot models throughout the year you can afford to share some of that cheer. Considering the sexy models, it’s hard to believe he’s single. Does he like playing the field? Sunder says “Chennai is a very small town; you honestly can’t afford to mess around. It’s the same people in the social circles and you do not want to get things that complicated for yourself.” He steers clear of flings for the same reason and to fill the gap he travels with gorgeous women to the most exotic locales. “It’s impulsive I know, but last year barely after a couple of calls and emails I ended up meeting a friend at the Milan station and we toured the whole of Europe together.” A through-and-through romantic who actually likes candlelight dinners he muses “I don’t believe in the whole “You complete me” concept. You need to be complete and at peace with yourself only then can you let someone into your life. I’m waiting for that girl who will bowl me over or quietly sneak into my life”. We sigh along with him.Kaveri LalchandKaveri Lalchand, 37 Director, Blaft publicationsKaveri, director of Blaft publications, is undoubtedly the smartest single woman in the city. Where are all the men who keep insisting they want a beauty with brains we wonder? “I’m single because I am” she shrugs. “It’s not a conscious choice and when I meet a nice guy I am not averse to considering getting into a relationship.” Walking into a party alone, family pressure and lonely nights can be dispelled with the right companion we agree. Kaveri is a bit exasperated that we’re making being single cut out to be a boring affair and goes on to explain, “I have a chocolate ice-cream theory that I follow: Chocolate ice-cream makes me happy. When the chocolate icecream is all gone, I am still happy. All the time! Ice-cream or no ice-cream.” We ask her if settling down in the near future is on the cards. “Settle down”? Nope! Will never settle and never settle down. I want to fly, explore, taste new things, go on wild adventures, and sure, with a partner in crime-would make it twice the fun!” We couldn’t have said it better.Poongkothai ChandrahasanPoongkothai Chandrahasan, 30, Model and documentary filmmakerWith her beatific smile, flawless face and desirable figure it is difficult to imagine men who wouldn’t want to date her. A friend of hers rightly interrupts to say, “There are no lack of suitors; it’s a case of plenty!” Poongkothai explains, “I am just back from travelling all across the world for the NGO (Offer) I work with. Tomorrow if I need to do that again and I’m married I don’t think it would go down too well. I wear too many hats, I am juggling too many balls in the air and I don’t have the time to invest in a relationship.” Even though she’s not a party animal who is out about town every night, men still get insecure and are intimidated by the fact that she’s independent and doesn’t need them.”Once you’re in a relationship questions are bound to creep. Honestly that is not a box I want to enter”, she smiles.Milind RauMilind Rau, 31, Film directorMilind, after assisting Mani Ratnam in films like Guru, has come on his own as a director with Kaadhal to Kalyanam. He refused to believe this was an actual interview and expected someone to jump out from behind him and say it?fs a prank. Warily looking around he says “I’m still in the process of finishing my film and I haven’t found the right person yet. Though if I did find one I’d have no problems committing.” Kaadhal to Kalyanam is one of the most awaited flicks set to release early 2011 and we can see that for now work is his lady love. “See, when you’re single you can work at your priorities. Yes you do feel a bit lonely because you’re 30 plus and see your friends getting married and settling down. You wish you had someone to fill as your ‘plus one’.” Loneliness must be a tough rope to walk we say to which Milind laughs ‘I’m single, not a saint!” Amen. Other singlesTishani Doshi, 34, AuthorReema Sen, 29, ActressShobhana, 40, ActressArya, 31, ActorVishal, 33 Actoradvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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