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Humans would beat neanderthals in marathon

By T.K. Randall
February 12, 2011 · Comment icon 29 comments

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A new study has compared neanderthals and modern humans to see how they'd perform in a race.
The results suggest that modern humans would have had the edge over neanderthals in a long endurance race due to the length of certain limb bones. Neanderthals however would have been better at walking long distances and were physically stronger.
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?


Source: Discovery News | Comments (29)




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Comment icon #20 Posted by Classified Document 13 years ago
Us Humans Would Be Pulling Off Some Sweet Parkour. Kong Vaulting Mammoths And Speed Vaulting Saber-toothed-cats!
Comment icon #21 Posted by AsG1989 13 years ago
No ****, is all I have to say.
Comment icon #22 Posted by tipotep 13 years ago
What would you have an anthropologist study that would be more "productive?" Especially an anthropologist specializing in ancient man and. Google Anthropology - it doesnt say that its the study of how fast neanderthals can run compared to homo sapiens. TiP.
Comment icon #23 Posted by ShadowSot 13 years ago
Google Anthropology - it doesnt say that its the study of how fast neanderthals can run compared to homo sapiens. TiP. No, but this falls under it, and paleontology. They were analyzing the differences in physical characteristics between Neanderthal and modern man, and this is one of the differences they found. Again, what would you have them study?
Comment icon #24 Posted by danielost 13 years ago
That's not strictly true. Yes, because of their more robust frame, the Neanderthals would have been more efficient at retaining heat than H. sap. I agree with that part of what you said. However, H. sap. could use clothes to counter-act this. However, the Neanderthals more robust build would have made them more prone to 'overheating' in any climate when undertaking some strenuous activity. you forget their large nose, which is their radiator.
Comment icon #25 Posted by tipotep 13 years ago
No, but this falls under it, and paleontology. They were analyzing the differences in physical characteristics between Neanderthal and modern man, and this is one of the differences they found. Again, what would you have them study? Meh im sure your just looking for an argument but ok i will bite ...... So whats the next " Big " find then ? " Humans would beat Neanderthals in a UFC Fight " ? They should see if neanderthal man was more suited to stand up fighting or more a ground and pound style. Fire away big boy . TiP.
Comment icon #26 Posted by ShadowSot 13 years ago
Meh im sure your just looking for an argument but ok i will bite ...... So whats the next " Big " find then ? " Humans would beat Neanderthals in a UFC Fight " ? They should see if neanderthal man was more suited to stand up fighting or more a ground and pound style. Fire away big boy . TiP. What this study showed is that the body structure or physiology of modern humans is more suited to long distance running, where the neanderthal was not. It was spun by the news article, but that's the basis of the finding. The writer of the article is the one who tried to make it appeal to the masses. You'... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by tipotep 13 years ago
What this study showed is that the body structure or physiology of modern humans is more suited to long distance running, where the neanderthal was not. It was spun by the news article, but that's the basis of the finding. The writer of the article is the one who tried to make it appeal to the masses. You're saying it's a waste of money, it seems to fit in fine study of ancient man. Ok on a serious note - I agree that the finding itself , is valid data .... i find it a waste of time and money that its claimed to be " big news " when really it deserves to be added to the list of differences bet... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by ShadowSot 13 years ago
Ok on a serious note - I agree that the finding itself , is valid data .... i find it a waste of time and money that its claimed to be " big news " when really it deserves to be added to the list of differences between Neanderthals and homo S. Data - yes Worth reporting , writing a specific paper on - No TiP Discovery.com is a science website, the specific section of the website is dedicated to new information on human research. It's not really meant for public release. As far as it goes,many scientific papers are probably not interesting reading for the average person.
Comment icon #29 Posted by 27vet 13 years ago
Just clone a Neanderthal and put him to the test.


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