Marquel, TPVs NYTimes Deep Set Eyebrows Section, was defrosting his meal, when he read Neanderthals in Europe Died Out Thousands of Years Sooner Than Some Thought, Study Says. The finding, aided by advances in radiocarbon dating, sharply narrows the period in which Neanderthals and modern humans overlapped in Europe.
Marquel read the article with academic interest until he got to the part about possible pockets that remained Neanderthal for centuries after disappearing from the continent. Marquel liked the idea, however, that the Neanderthal era was an especially frisky time for us. Not much if any sexual morality, not even one evangelical preacher, the bible was just a draft bouncing unsuccessfully from one cheap publisher to another, no lifers, not even a one, abortion as nonjudgmental as tooth brushing, cave parties, group activities with no guilt, absolutely no privacy at all, and unisex everything!
“Okay”, he said “let me know if you need anything.”
“Well the thing about pockets is that they generally lived alone and didn’t mix with the human population. Under those conditions pockets, like the one we know about in the cave in Portugal, could last hundreds and thousands of years.” He explained.
“They did come out, but not to mix. Probably at night or solitary to hunt during the day. But there were no large population movements. Their population, in fact, was quite limited. They were on the way to extinction.” He said.
“Well they had a good run,” he said. “And we all have a little bit of the Neanderthal in us. Wanna have some fun? Go look at your kids either when you’re mad at them or when they’re sleeping. Imagine the Neanderthal in them. I always find that enlightening and amusing. Science should be fun, right?”
“I would think so. They look different. Very deep set eyes. Prominent brows. Rather thick set. Hairy. Perhaps trending towards violence. Probably stubborn, selfish, and unlikely to compromise.” He explained.
“That’s true,” he said, “and to throw a monkey wrench into it, they might have evolved a bit over the years.” He had a mischievous look.
“We’re quite certain.” He asserted.
“That’s surmise,” he said.
“Nice theory but what does it get you?” He asked.
“And this other group you sent down south?” He asked.
“I never heard of a nomadic group that only formed a political part of a social group.” He said. “It’s not part of our science. It lacks a driving force.” He asserted.
“And? What about this political component?” He asked.
“I hope you’re wrong,” he said.
“I’d lose my job.” He said.