We may at present hold the view that they were barbaric,however most of what I am seeing does not show that they were creatures without calculation.They understood that they needed to branch out to other communities/groups in order to mate,this indicates that they understood that inbreeding would cause a negative impact on their chances of survival. They seem to have held some form of belief that they showed reverence to,it is possible that this species did adapt both socially and to a degree culturally.
There may have been pockets of Neanderthals that were procuring Hs females by whatever means be it trade or raid in order to maintain or advance their species.We don't know how long of a time span this may have happened,if it was a brief time period we would expect that the effect of this may be fairly insignificant however if it was a situation that spanned over many generations the effect might have had more impact.
Did each species whether Cro-magnum,Neanderthal,and Homo-sapiens have one language for each species or did the distances between groups evolve different languages within each of the species so that all of these species were multi-lingual?Or did they become multi-lingual through the process of inter-species inteaction?if Neanderthals were mating with Hs females then is it safe to assume that they became bi-lingual,and if they did this shows another area of adaptation?In hunter/gatherer cultures female talked while gathering in order to identify their positions,as well they would teach their offspring while attending to the daily tasks and duties.I can see a lot of planning and organizing occurring while the females progressed through these activities.Stories have always been a means of educating and amusement, they would probably be of great deeds and others may pertain to religious insights.
If there were some settlements that had a higher percentage of Hs females than Neanderthal females and that this was a trend that carried on for several generations the cultural effect may have given rise to new languages,gods,social norms,as well as adapted physical features.Over a period of time we may find that there was little physical difference between the blended species and Hs, other than they may have been lighter skin/hair or larger in body size.As these hybrids intergrated with other Hs groups assimilation of religious ideologies and social structure would change both groups until they where wholly one group with a common identity.
Am not sure who your use of the word "we" entails, as more often than not that term is used by either fringe adherents or people with little to no current understanding of what is known about such distant times and peoples. Certainly the scientific community as a whole doesn't consider them "barbaric".
You're assuming that it was a planned idea, when it may have been as simple as "because they could". The problem here is that while it evidently happened, there's no way for us to know "why" it happened.
Cro-magnon isn't a species, but actually a pretty much defunct term used for the earliest Homo sapiens sapiens in Europe.
Why would it be safe to assume they were bi-lingual when it hasn't even been determined, and possibly can't be, that the children born of such a union lived with their Neanderthal relatives as opposed to their HSS ones?
Edited by cormac mac airt, 06 August 2012 - 11:31 PM.