Professor Reich is attached to Harvard Medical School and has a rather unique idea as concerns evolution and Neanderthals. He believes the original Europeans, that is to say Cro-Magnons, were dark eyed and dark haired, whereas the Neanderthals were blond or red headed. He contends that the Cro-Magnons and the Neanderthals were contemporaries and that, contrary to popular belief, the Cro-Magnons did not wipe out the Neanderthals in an act of genocide, but actually bred with them and that the mixture of Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal genes is what makes Europeans(That is to say white Caucasians) unique.
Actually the whole theory is not new. An author named Michael Bradley, who was Canada's first Black member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was the first, as far as I know, to advance that theory. The name of the book, which I actually have in my library, is entitled The Iceman Inheritance; Prehistoric Sources of Western Man's Racism, Sexism, and Aggression. Needless to say the book is based on the white devil theory of history whereby whites can do no right even as people of color can do no wrong! The thesis of the book is that whites are a psychotic species,bloody, warlike, and prone to genocide, which can all be accounted for by the prevalence of Neanderthal genes in the European gene pool which does not exist in people of African ancestry.
Reich believe that light colored skin and red hair, or blond hair, came from our Neanderthal heritage. He believes that the common portrayal of Neanderthals with black or brown hair, and dark complexions,is a total reversal of the reality. He contends that genes associated with Lupus, biliary cirrhosis, Crohn's disease, and smoking addictions were all inherited from our Neanderthal genes.
Reich believes that Neanderthals inhabited Scotland and Scandinavia where they survived the longest, which is also the region that has the greatest incidence of red hair and blond hair. Of course, Reich's theory lacks the vitriol found in Bradley's theory but the study suggests we might have been better off without Neanderthal genes. One cant help but wonder if this is a clever way to defame people of Northern European ancestry. After all, Dr. Reich certainly does not look like he has any Northern genes, and yet Negroes' foreheads and brow ridge do resemble that of a Neanderthal far more than Europeans, especially Northern Europeans, do. Neanderthals are also hairy and stocky, whereas Nordics lack excessive body hair, as compared with Jews, Arabs, and Latinos, and also lack the stocky build .Indeed the African body physique tends to resemble Neanderthals far more so than do that of Europeans.