All gone? Good. Anyway, it turns out that might not be the case after all. A new study by a team of clever people from Cambridge University has found that the DNA we share with the grunting, hairy beasts comes from a common ancestor rather than sexy time.
They believe Neanderthals and Homo sapiens both arose from a geographically isolated population around 300-350,000 years ago that slowly migrated and gave rise to modern humans. We imagine the migration coincided with easyJet offering low-cost flights across Europe.
If they're right it means your great, great, great, great, great gran wasn't an easy lay with a penchant for knuckle draggers after all. We'll give you a couple more minutes to try and erase that image from your mind.
All gone? Good. Although, to be honest, The Daily Slap disagrees with the study. There are some right Neanderthals working in our office. The slimy guy that sits near the photocopier sure smells like a cave dweller and his chat-up lines are definitely prehistoric.
So the next time you’re angry with your husband/boyfriend/lover [delete as applicable] you can no longer accuse him of being a Neanderthal. Well, you can, but you’d be wrong. Instead, why not say, “You’re such a Homo sapien who shares a common ancestor with a Neanderthal.” That’ll put him in his place.
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