We were the enlightened, educated ones. As a people we aspired to justice, art and knowledge of the world around us. We built a society based on fairness and wisdom but in the end it was all for naught.
Our women chose their own reproductive destinies. In contrast our distant cousins treated their women as chattel and their numbers outpaced ours. While we were guided by reason, their leaders used violence. In the end we were victims of genocide, brutally slaughtered to the last.
Now, adding insult to the ultimate injury, the humans have despoiled the once proud name Neanderthal.