If we could meet the Neanderthals
What would it be like to meet a neanderthal? I suppose much would depend on the eye of the beholder. Some people today are amazingly unable to feel admiration for anything other than themselves, and I imagine the same was true in the Paleolithic… I bet many of the modern humans who actually were face to face with the neanderthals only saw one thing: competition!
A neanderthal tries his aim at an unseen target
The original version of this illustration was done a few years ago for Nina Jablonski’s book “Skin”. A most recommended read! (you can check it in Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Skin-Natural-Nina-G-Jablonski/dp/0520275896/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412709706&sr=1-1&keywords=skin+nina+jablonski
However, and given the wide range of contrasting personalities found among modern people, I also suspect that some of our conspecifics from the paleolithic would feel keen curiosity about the neanderthals. I would further guess that special people, such as the shamans, would be among those willing to look across the species frontier. Just magination on my part, but of one thing I am certain: what would happen if we could meet the neanderthals would highly depend on who that “we” would be. And it would also largely depend on what particular neanderthals we would come across! Given their powerful physique and intellegence I doubt they all were peaceful and gentle, and I am certain that we would need to add “dangerous” to the adjectives we use for defining them.