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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis View Post
    So, as they say, either it can't have been from spear-thrusting or most Neanderthals were left-handed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carlh View Post
    Wanna high-five?

    Okay it looks like he's having trouble holding that thing up. Maybe he should throw in some whole body stuff so he can walk without falling to the side.
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    It's genetic, Alex. Though he could bulk up his non-wrestling arm, I suppose.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    It's genetic, Alex. Though he could bulk up his non-wrestling arm, I suppose.
    He should. Having one arm like that is a huge athletic disadvantage.
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    Yeah, but I don't know that he considers himself so much of an athlete as he does a spectacle.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    Yeah, but I don't know that he considers himself so much of an athlete as he does a spectacle.
    I guess that's the problem. Nobody seems to view fitness itself as important anymore. Sure, people have their obssessions with sports, but that's not really the same thing, is it?
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    He's a professional arm wrestler, if memory serves me correct. So, in a way, the assymetry's part and parcel to his sport.

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    I'm going to hazard a guess that Neanderthals relied on projectile weapons for anything they couldn't manhandle themselves or escape to safety from. Why? They couldn't run for shit.

    This stronger forearm was their spear-throwing arm. You see this same effect, albeit on a smaller scale, with baseball players. Especially pitchers.

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    Except Neanderthals aren't known to have had projectile weapons; in fact, it's believed they didn't. IIRC, the injuries sustained and structure of their bones indicate dense musculature and routine injuries consistant with close encounters with prey.

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