Scientists continue to look for the missing link between humans and Neanderthals who roamed Europe thousands of years ago. It is said Neanderthal man used to feast on raw bison and elk just east of Berlin, according to reports earlier this week. The location is not far off. One wonders if his senses would twitch with the sound of the Champions League theme tune striking up in Moscow.
At least the remnants of Captain Caveman can be discovered easily enough. He was alive and kicking during the soiled contest between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City last night at the wretched little outpost of the Khimki Arena somewhere in the Russian capital.
The Neanderthals were ahead of their time, more intelligent than some football fans. Certainly more so than than those CSKA followers, and many like them in Eastern European it must be said, who thrive on abusing black footballers.
You could hear and see him in his natural habitat earmarked by the timeless classic of the monkey chants he was aiming towards the unsuspecting City captain Yaya Toure, a majestic performer for club and country.
The fans of CSKA were worse than the pitch at this godforsaken little stadium, full of the sort of people who deserve to be sent to the Volga in bleak mid-winter for a lengthy session on the ducking-stool.
Some CSKA fans apparently also stole two City flags from visiting supporters. They wear such conduct like a badge of honour as if we are in times of war.
Goodness knows what it must be like representing such a club for players such as Toure's fellow Ivorian Seydou Doumbia and Ahmed Musa of Nigeria. Racism seems to be part of everyday life, but money is a strong sedative. Playing with earplugs in depending on your nationality should be optional.
One wonders if somewhere in Moscow there is a TV channel such as Russian Gold where they sit down and enjoy old reruns of a subtitled Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part. CSKA fans seem to be stuck in some sort of time warp of the 1970s. Toure's reaction spoke volumes about an issue that has been part of human nature since time began, but continues to rear its ugly head when trash from Eastern Europe think making monkey gestures to a fellow human being is amusing.
Toure pointed the chanting out to the Romanian match official Ovidiu Hategan, but the shame of CSKA supporters would soon be complete at full-time. Not that many will care about their conduct. It seems to be accepted as a cultural norm.
“I told the referee, I am furious,” said Toure. “It was disappointing and always we are talking about that – having no racism. It was unbelievable and very, very sad for my part. I think if UEFA did something it will be very nice because we want to stop that. Some songs from the crowd were quite stupid, but I think UEFA has to do work for that because every time we say something and they continue, and something has to be done to stop that.”
Coming hard on the heels of Russian pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva's comments on homosexuality, why is FIFA taking the World Cup, sport's biggest event, to a part of the globe that makes 1970s England looking progressive?
Fans of Zenit St Petersburg last year made it be known they they did not want their club to sign black players. Roberto Carlos was forced to confront a fan armed with a banana representing Anzhi Makhachkala, a club where Christopher Samba experienced similar abuse.
There is no easy solution when dealing with man's inhumanity to man. Prejudices were not built up overnight; they will not be burnt down overnight. But that does not mean sport should not try to find a way.
UEFA wheeled out players brandishing cards this week during the Champions League theme with the words No To Racism on them. The message will only sink in if the game's governing body begins to take action against the sort of characters who are a blight on the landscape of life.
UEFA has powers to invoke stadium closures and fines of up to €50,000 (£44,100) for incidents of rabid racism. These clubs should be booted out of Europe so they can come to their senses. It is not as if CSKA bring much to the table.
Similarly, the Ajax 'fans' who marched through Glasgow city centre towards Celtic Park on some kind of 'Oranje Walk' on Tuesday night singing 'F**k the Pope' deserve all that is coming their way. So much for the liberal Dutch as some visitors sang sectarian songs, ripped out plastic seats inside the ground and tried to encourage running battles with the locals afterwards.
Celtic fans have befriended supporters of various clubs on their travels in Europe in recent times, including Barcelona, Juventus and Milan, but it seems sinking a space cake or two does not have a tranquil effect on those from Amsterdam.
UEFA has opened proceedings against Ajax. CSKA must also wait to hear what punishment is handed down after City complained to the authorities about the racist chanting.
Lazio and their fascist following have somehow escaped a stadium ban for the third time this year following racist behaviour by a section of their fans. They unfurled an inappropriate banner and ignited fireworks during last month's 1-0 victory over Legia Warsaw in the Europa League, but escaped with a €40,000 fine (£34,100) and only a partial stadium closure. The day is surely coming soon when the Stadio Olimpico in Rome is no longer open for business on European nights.
The only way for the message to hit home that hate-filled fascism, racism and bigotry is unacceptable is for UEFA to take drastic measures by throwing these clubs out of European competition for a season or two.
When Russia's hosting of the World Cup finals finally comes around, perhaps some locals in Moscow will have updated their attitudes to medieval times.
The evolution of man remains frozen in time during moments like last night in Moscow, but his descent into a state of despair seems to know no bounds.