I look round to shake hands with Shem.
~ Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Shem, it turns out, had a firm handshake and was a little thicker in the chest and brow than expected. The discovery that peoples of Eurasian ancestry trace a notable portion of their genetic inheritance to Neanderthals is no surprise to me, since I am one of those who accessorize their skulls with an occipital bun. Ich bin ein Neanderthaler.