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Humans Would Beat Neanderthals in Marathon


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 08:33 PM

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Humans, versus other great apes, are built for running fast and long as opposed to very impressive strength, but what about Neanderthals? If a modern human and a Neanderthal competed in a marathon, who would win?

In a short sprint, the Neanderthal might have had a chance, but most fit humans would always win longer races, suggests new research accepted for publication in the Journal of Human Evolution.

Anthropologist David Raichlen of the University of Arizona and his colleagues determined that our modern human ancestors were better runners. The researchers did this by studying the hominids' fossilized remains.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 04:39 AM

Its good to see that time and money has been spent on  working this out   :wacko:  

Now really who gives a toss if we could run faster - spend your research time and money and something more productive ......

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 09:48 PM

i bet in the tundra the reverse would be true, since the neanderthal would retain his heat longer without over heating.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 03:55 PM

they were not raced against each other,they mated and had children. We are a mixture of both races .Just look around you next time you go out and you will see for yourself , an obvious mixture no matter what country you are in. Here in Thailand there are so many that look pure Neanderthal.


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Posted 12 February 2011 - 04:09 PM

Modern humans would beat Neanderthals in marathon, but Neanderthals could beat up modern humans.  
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Posted 12 February 2011 - 04:44 PM

Why anyone would want to run a marathon bores me. I feel Neanderthal man wouldn't bother entering any track and field events whatsoever but would probably focus his mind on more creative persuits such as art.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:28 PM

Neanderthal would have just bomked the modern humans on the head and befor the race started and ate modern humans.Neanderthals were more interested in survival than compentions.


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Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:52 PM

View Posttipotep, on 11 February 2011 - 04:39 AM, said:

Its good to see that time and money has been spent on  working this out   :wacko:  

Now really who gives a toss if we could run faster - spend your research time and money and something more productive ......

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What would you have an anthropologist study that would be more "productive?" Especially an anthropologist specializing in ancient man and.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 07:06 PM

jknightx, survival is competition.


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Posted 12 February 2011 - 07:14 PM

View PostEvilution13, on 12 February 2011 - 04:44 PM, said:

Why anyone would want to run a marathon bores me. I feel Neanderthal man wouldn't bother entering any track and field events whatsoever but would probably focus his mind on more creative persuits such as art.
actually they didnt bother with art until modern humans showed up,  they were to worried about survival.  but they would probable enter track anfd field events that would help them survive.  and if they were in our modern days, they could also be some of our greatest scientists, they had a bigger brain than we do.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 08:20 PM

View Postdanielost, on 12 February 2011 - 07:14 PM, said:

actually they didnt bother with art until modern humans showed up,  they were to worried about survival.  but they would probable enter track anfd field events that would help them survive.  and if they were in our modern days, they could also be some of our greatest scientists, they had a bigger brain than we do.
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For example, I bet your head is bigger than mine ;) Kidding.

They did make jewellery, so there was at least that aspect of art in their lives.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 09:02 PM

Yeah, but I bet the neanderthal would kick our butts in the shot put!!! :D

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 09:05 PM

View PostEvilution13, on 12 February 2011 - 04:44 PM, said:

Why anyone would want to run a marathon bores me. I feel Neanderthal man wouldn't bother entering any track and field events whatsoever but would probably focus his mind on more creative persuits such as art.
Back in those days it wasn't called a marathon, it was called persistence hunting.

With greater stamina, early humans would have been better at this than Neanderthals.


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Posted 12 February 2011 - 09:19 PM

View Postsepulchrave, on 12 February 2011 - 09:05 PM, said:

Back in those days it wasn't called a marathon, it was called persistence hunting.

With greater stamina, early humans would have been better at this than Neanderthals.

And not just the stamina. The evolution towards a more gracile build meant we became more effective heat dissipaters (higher surface area/volume ratio), that's just basic physics.

In the cold weather, the early Homo sapiens would have been able to compete with the Neanderthals due to clothes.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 10:25 PM

View PostLeonardo, on 12 February 2011 - 09:19 PM, said:

And not just the stamina. The evolution towards a more gracile build meant we became more effective heat dissipaters (higher surface area/volume ratio), that's just basic physics.

In the cold weather, the early Homo sapiens would have been able to compete with the Neanderthals due to clothes.
neanderthals had cloths too.

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