Homo sapiens neanderthalensis vs Homo neanderthalensis

Introductory Comments:

Among paleoanthropologists there exist several different views regarding the evolution of the genus Homo. A considerably important topic of dispute would be the rightful place of Homo neanderthalensis (or Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) in the evolutionary tree.

Species: A group of organisms that can interbreed.

If scientists can prove that there was interbreeding between Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons, then the true place of Neanderthals amongst Homo sapiens will finally be determined.

It is important to realize that this particular dispute is subject to change as more evidence is collected and analyzed. In viewing the following information please consider any recent advancements that may have taken place after the post of this site, April 2006.

Figure 1: Neanderthal impression

Figure 2: Neanderthal skeletal model

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