Both are excellent discussions of the paper, so I won’t say too much about it. A couple of things do stand out. As Hawks points out:
It’s often hard to explain to people why it takes so long for us to learn new things about Neandertals, and why it’s so exciting that today’s genetic information is progressing so rapidly.
IMHO, it is harder learning about Neanderthals than any other hominid – this despite the fact that we have quite a lot of Neanderthal material to work with – both in terms of skeletons and archaeological sites. Old prejudices die hard…
Finally, is it me or has there been a mini-explosion of Neanderthal related research lately?