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Comment author: moshez 05 April 2011 06:36:37PM 4 points [-]

Um...Neanderthals had thumbs, and fairly large brains. We pretty much wiped them out. If they weren't "competent competition", I'm not sure what you'd call "competent" (unless it would have been some species that wiped us out, who would be here having the exact conversation, or something so delicately balanced that I doubt would ever happen).

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 05 April 2011 06:55:04PM 1 point [-]

We haven't wiped out coyotes, so they might be more competent competitors (even without thumbs) than Neanderthals.

Comment author: David_Gerard 05 April 2011 11:20:33PM 0 points [-]

I thought they were subsumed into the European branch of Cro-Magnon (us).

Comment author: moshez 05 April 2011 11:26:43PM 3 points [-]

Controversial: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neanderthal_admixture_theory -- but in any case, 1%-4% of the genome? That's close enough to extinction...if coyotes interbred with dogs, and lots of household dogs had 1%-4% coyote DNA in them, but there would be no coyotes in the wild, I'd treat it as "extinct enough for me." :)