06 October 2010
[With thanks to NASA and artist Randii Oliver for the image, via Wikimedia]
Neanderthals captivate me. The idea that humans shared a planet with another sentient species, a species close enough to us to interbreed, and yet, now they're gone. I just can't let the puzzle go. Where did the Neanderthals go? Did they die out (and if so, why?), interbreed and be swallowed up in the human gene pool or did they simply leave?
No, I'm not talking alien abductions. What if the Neanderthals' minds evolved in a manner that enabled them to navigate the universe in four dimensions? Maybe they looked at humans' encroachment, shuddered, and went in search of another planet, a place where they could be safe, where 3D confined humans couldn't follow.
And if the Neanderthals did simply walk away...they could walk back any day.