By RANDOLPH E. SCHMIDWe have met Neanderthal, and he is us – at least a little.The most detailed look at the Neanderthal genome helps answer one of the most debated questions in anthropology: Did Neanderthals and modern humans mate?The answer is yes, there is at least some cave man biology in most of us.One percent to 4 percent of genes in people from Europe and Asia trace back to Neanderthals.“They live on, a little bit,” said Svante Paabo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
I watched the Naked Archaeologist several days ago and this was his explanation for the Biblical Giants. He said the word giant was a mistranslation of a word that meant essentially human without a soul. He then went to a cave site in Israel where Neanderthals and humans lived together at the same time. The site is also the same as described as the land of the giants in the Bible. Very interesting. If you get the History International channel you might want to tune in at 4 PM to that interesting show. Actually, watch your cable or satellite provider for other times, too.