Historically, Neanderthal man and Cro-Magnons have been pigeon-holed separately. Neanderthal was the brutish, un-cultured, club-wielding thug and Cro-Magnon was the deluxe model that came along much later. But history proves that the two shared an incubation period of 10,000 years and controversial new theories suggest that, far from being oblivious of each other’s existence, they were intimately acquainted. Equinox travels to America and Europe, Africa and the crucible of the Middle East to investigate two polar theories of man’s evolution. Geneticist Mark Stoneking advances the theory that man hails from one common ancestor, that Neanderthal man didn’t disappear into extinction but still exists inside every one of us. In the process he uncovers compelling DNA evidence that throws the biggest spanner in the evolutionary works since the Ice Age.
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