What? Can you please show where I was suggesting they were marrying, of all things? Because I have not proposed anything about the pairings themselves or how they occurred. You are the only one who has done that. I'd suggest you stop assigning things to people when it was never said to begin with. I simply pointed out that your scenario is not supported by the DNA since there is no known evidence Neanderthal mtDNA in humans alive today. Do you understand what that means in accordance to your scenario? Secondly, you are applying this with a modern viewpoint. By which I mean that you do not know what was acceptable to "sapiens men" back then or what happened. You have this whole ridiculous 'mah womin' thing going on.. The only thing we have are bones, archaeological sites and DNA which do not support your scenario. Nor do you know who was the dominant species or otherwise. To the one, the breeding events occurred much earlier than thought, which means that the H. sapiens would not have been the dominant species in the region at that time. To the other, there is still that little point that there is no evidence of H. neanderthal mtDNA in humans today. Which indicates that the pairings that produced viable and fertile offspring were H. neanderthal male and H. sapiens female, with female offspring, due to the lack of Y chromosome. It could mean that those with H. neanderthal mothers and H. sapiens fathers were either not fertile, were not compatible and did not produce viable offspring, or their line simply died at some point.