Talk:Homo neanderthalensis

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Species or subspecies??[edit]

There is still open debate if Homo neanderthalensis is a subspecies of Homo sapiens, refered to as Homo sapiens neanderthalensis. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Lycaon (talkcontribs) 05:59, 13 September 2006.

It has been found that 1–4% of the genome of people from Eurasia have been contributed by Neanderthals. In other words, modern humans and neanderthals were able to get fertile offsprings. Thus, it is proven beyond doubt that they are two subpecies of the same specie. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by 84.210.127.117 (talk) 21:21, 22 July 2012
Not necessarily. The concept of separate species that can hybridise (and even produce fertile offspring) to a limited degree is supported by a subset of current scientists, and has been called a "syngameon", see e.g. Holliday, 2008, "Neanderthals and modern humans: an example of a mammalian syngameon?". https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4020-5121-0_16 . If what you say above is true, the debate would be over, which it clearly is not. See also relevant discussion on wikipedia here: en:Talk:Neanderthal/Archive 6#Species or Subspecies? Tony 1212 (talk) 19:54, 13 June 2018 (UTC)