Was it the red hair
that so entranced us?
The strong nose
on a strong young man?
Or that capable stocky young woman
who didn’t moan at first frost?
Where did we get our blue eyes from after all?
In the snows of almost perpetual winter
and at the warm shores of the middle sea
we met them, loved them,
raised their children.
And left them behind.


Copyright © 2018 Kim Whysall-Hammond

8 thoughts on “Neanderthal

      1. Yeah the heritage is around 2-3% trace DNA in modern European populations. This is actually quite small and a lot of DNA research has shown that the breeding success rate was very low and that male hybrids were probably infertile. Also interestingly some recent work has suggested that they had a wide variety of hair colours which is interesting.

        Lovely writing thank you very much

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