Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Neanderthals, biology, Eskimos…

eskimo-iglooPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-02-28]: DNA analysis suggests most Neanderthals in western Europe died out as early as 50,000 years ago - thousands of years before our own species appeared [source: BBC News]. Our… species? What exactly is our “species” ? How come we are of a different species than Neanderthals? Which differences constitute a different species? With the same logic, couldn’t someone say today that Caucasians are a different species than Eskimos?


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