The Western Lines

September 18, 2009

Them and Us

Filed under: Evolution,Human Evolution,Ralph Buttigieg — ralphbuttigieg @ 10:16 am
Just what did Neanderthals look like and what was our ancestors’ interaction with them? Well Sydney researcher Danny  Vendramini believes they looked like monsters and the main interaction was rape and cannibalism:

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But a new theory paints Neanderthal man as a brutal carnivore who hunted and raped humans then ate his victims.

In his controversial new book, Sydney “biological theorist” Danny Vendramini claims Eurasian Neanderthals almost wiped out early humans, called Cro-Magnons.

“They were as ferocious as lions, six times stronger than modern humans,” he said yesterday.

“One scientist said an adult male could throw a gridiron linebacker over the goal posts.

Mr Vendramini, a filmmaker and amateur scholar, developed what he calls “Neanderthal predation theory” after dissecting 4000 scientific papers.

“I’d been researching a book on our obsession with monsters and myths and how they do the same thing through history: cannibalism and rape are common themes,” he said.

“As I read more and more papers the idea just came to me and I wrote Them And Us: How Neanderthal Predation Created Modern Humans.”

He described how the Cro-Magnon population of an area called the Mediterranean Levant, from which every human on Earth is descended, was almost wiped out by Neanderthals.

The 50 survivors salvaged humankind from annihilation when evolutionary mutation transformed them into predatory beings that fought back, killing all Neanderthals and sparking the evolution of modern human physiology, sexuality and ways of thinking…

I’m not sure how accurate Mr Vendramini’s theory is but I am sure it would make a good movie.



  1. Well, first of all, it seems unlikely that they had dark skin (almost black in the illustration above) if they were in Europe and their physiology was anything like current humans. Very little endogenous vitamin D production with that much melanin at European latitudes.If they really were in Europe for 250,000 years, they would have developed skin as light as modern Europeans. And cat-eye pupils? Where is the evidence for that?I agree with Mr. Buttigieg. Good movie, bad science.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 20, 2009 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

  2. I am not sure where Danny got his data, but the skulls presented in his book to back up his hypothesis are not alway Neanderthal? AnotherVan Danikin me thinks? I know that his data isvery corrupted, and I am surprised Iain Davidsonhelped him with it? The cat eyes and long fur arenot feasible. Of course Santa Claus did exist tooand so did the Easter Bunny, LOL

    Comment by Anonymous — November 11, 2009 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

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