If it is so easy, could a caveman actually do it?

A "caveman" in the sense of Neanderthal.
  They show the "modern caveman" doing all the things in society that is normal to us.  I guess my question is this:
  Wasn't the brain of Neanderthal not as developed as ours?  If a caveman was just tossed into society, would he break down or only function with a "diminished capacity"?


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randomray7 years ago
Oops , my answer would be yes if he had the back ground and maybe even if he didn't  , yes a Neanderthal could do it .
jtobako7 years ago
If I threw you into a caveman's situation, how long would you survive?  If you were thrown into a similar situation, would you be in a 'diminished capacity', not knowing the language, customs or normal skills of, say, China or Africa?

If a Neanderthal was raised in current culture, I don't think you would notice anything in a behavioral difference.  Most of the basics of modern culture have evidence in Neanderthal sites-religion, complex cooking, job separation, art, communication, ect.
randomray7 years ago
Seriously , thier brains are / were a little bigger in the area that covers the sense of smell . They would think differently , but I doubt we would be able to tell . Their environment changed in a way that made our physical forms more advantageous then theirs , not necessarily our intellect . When it was assumed that Homo Sapiens Neanderthalis were inferior the theory of evolution had just been proposed . The survival of the fittest means ,  The fittest for where and when they live not that any form is better or smarter then another . Heck ants are some of the best survivors there are and they ain't all that bright . LOL .... As our climate changes does that mean another type of Homo Sapiens will differentiate itself ?
Kiteman7 years ago
Neanderthal brain capacity (measured from fossils) was greater than H sapiens.  They are known to have been tool and fire users.

Questions still remain as to why H neanderthalis died out - probably they were out-competed (sapiens is physically weaker, but had much greater stamina, so could out-hunt neanderthalis), but it is also possible that encroaching populations of sapiens brought diseases against which neanderthalis had no immunity.
...Questions still remain as to why H neanderthalis died out ....

I'm pretty sure there are still breeding colonies where I live

Steve

Me too, but they seem to have devolved a bit from the original stock.
Yeah, 'round these parts the neanderthals are no longer tool users- though they seem to still possess a degree of fire making ability (they can manage to light a smoke)
 I heard they all ended up running for public office and being elected to positions no Homo Sapiens would want .
Seems like there's some debate in the paleontological community over the actual brain capacity of early humans. Some say that Neanderthals were a lot smarter than we give them credit for. I remember reading that somewhere, anyway.