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On the one hand: the world is full of weird and interesting
people. Amongst these, there are people who undergo
body modification to resemble reptiles, cats or Barbie.
On a completely different hand: we believe that we can
reconstruct the facial appearance and body structure of
from their skeletons. There are many
allegedly lifelike reconstructions, and statements have
been made that a Neanderthal, if shaved and dressed,
would probably pass unnoticed in a crowd.
Putting these two things together, it seems about time for
one adventurous body-modder to set about turning
themselves into a Neanderthal, appearance-wise. Implants
and metalwork to bring forward the centre of the face,
nose enlargement and brow ridges would be a start.
Modifications to the ribcage to create the classic
Neanderthal barrel-chest would be next. Serious workouts
would be needed to build up anything approaching
Neanderthal strength. A little limb-length adjustment,
well within the scope of modern surgery, would help too.
After all, if you're going to go to all that trouble, what's
the point in ending up trying to look like a lizard?
||To make some money off of the GEICO ads, surely.
||//So you are discounting interbreeding ?// No - it
does look as if we interbred with Neanderthals
(although the evidence isn't as robust as is claimed).
But physically we are a lot closer to our pre-
interbreeding ancestors than we are to Neanderthals.
||Sooner or later we'll make a real Neanderthal
population, but probably not for a few decades. It
would do us good to co-exist with another species of
||If you got lost and started to move around randomly would you be a Meanderthal?
||// It would do us good to co-exist with another species of human again. //
||Wouldn't you learn more if you tried co-existing with a truly intelligent species, instead of just other humans ?
||//tried co-existing with a truly intelligent species//
We tried interacting with the Borg, but every time
there was a power glitch they went into spin cycle.
||We're trying to find an intelligent species, but it's an
election year, so it's been a challenge.