Defending the Neanderthals? What do you have against Neanderthals? Some of my best friends are Neanderthals!<quoted text>
As far as I'm concerned you were the one defending the neanderthals, um yeah. Bonobos are no different.
BTW - a family member did have one of those marker tests and they did find Basque in the family tree so those Neanderthals were probably not-so-distant cousins.