I knew it! Somewhere in my intuitive brain I knew that we Homo sapiens exterminated Neanderthals. There was really no other sensible reason for their demise beyond our own clubs and spears. It was the first genocide on record, some 30,000 years ago. And their blood is on our hands.
How the Neanderthals met their grisly end 30,000 years ago...we ate them is the title of an article in The Daily Mail by Amy Oliver. She writes:
The mysterious disappearance of Neanderthals about 30,000 years ago has baffled scientists for centuries.
But now, according to a leading fossil expert, it seems the race may have met a rather grisly end. They were eaten by our ancestors, the modern humans.
The basis for the claim is the markings on a Neanderthal jawbone found in Les Rois, south-west France during a study conducted by the Journal of Anthropological Sciences.
The cuts to the bone are similar to those left on those of deer and other animals butchered by humans in the Stone Age. It is believed that the flesh was eaten by humans and the teeth used to make a necklace.
Yuck! Just think of how far Adam has fallen from that paradise he and Eve lived in. Neanderthals looked too odd, no doubt, and that made all of the difference. We still hold that 'odd other' meme in our makeup as we prejudge people on their outward appearance. People of color understand that all-too well. Thirty thousand years and we still 'like out own kind.' What a strong and lasting meme we carry from generation to generation.