"We tend to characterize them as dull-witted because because when the first skeletons were unearthed, the [most publicized] one had been affected by a number of injuries and degenerative diseases," said Caldararo. This is just another example about our "ingorance about Neanderthals."
Incidentally, not only were Neanderthals not stupid, they possibly weren't lascivious either. Modern connotations of the term as a pejorative are often tossed at sleazy men -- but, points out the professor, Neanderthals had a remarkably low birth rate (which might have been their undoing in the end) and could even have engaged in sexual abstention rituals as some primitive peoples do today.
Anyhow, Caldararo finds the comparison of Neanderthals and Republicans to be particularly ill-suited because of the realities of global warming. Is it not ironic that the party unable to acknowledge the existence of climate change has been compared to a species that was noteworthy for its ability to adapt to the climate change brought about by worldwide glaciation?
Actually, is it? We're asking -- Caldararo is a professor of anthropology, not English.