New Research On Neanderthals Puts Old Assumption To Rest

What has been deemed to be an astonishing implication puts to rest the evolutionary story about Neanderthals and vindicates creationism…

A blogger points out…

“Michael states that Neanderthals “are quite human like the rest of us.” Persuasive genetic evidence from the recent sequencing of several Neanderthal genomes shows that they were not human, but a separate species that branched off about 700kyr ago, and did not thereafter interbred with humans…It is only the popular press that portrays Neanderthals as dim witted. And their physiognomy allowed them to survive in climates that humans could not easily tolerate.

This dedicated blogger who believes in the story of evolution makes the assumption that persuasive genetic evidence from sequencing  had already vindicated his position back in January 2010. He is not the only one as other articles that pertained to this subject have been written. But not so fast!  The research was only beginning when these assumptions were being made. Last week a paper with a more thorough analysis of Neanderthal’s genome which was summarized by science daily said this to the contrary…

“Although we are both hominids, the fossil record told us long ago that we differ physically from Neandertals, in various ways. But at the level of genes and the proteins that they encode, new research published online May 6 in the journal Science reveals that we differ hardly at all.”

“It also indicates that we both — Neandertals and modern humans — differ from the chimps in virtually identical ways…In short, Hannon says, “the news, so far, is not about how we differ from Neandertals, but how we are so nearly identical, in terms of proteins.”

Keep in mind there is more research to go with the Neandertal’s genome because only 60 percent has been recovered so far while a third of it has yet to be sequenced. Also, more research includes gene regulation which could reveal even more similarities which deal with function rather than sequence.

What is more revealing, Europeans and Asians share about 1% to 4% of their nuclear DNA with Neanderthals, indicating that there was substantial interbreeding that went on between the two groups in the past.

This is very important evidence because when a species can interbreed like in this case Neanderthals and modern humans then they are the same species! Creationism vindicated once again!

More articles on Neanderthals published in science

“A Draft Sequence of the Neanderthal Genome” by Green et al.1  Some 55 authors are listed on the paper, including Svante Paabo, who has advanced theories about Neanderthal interbreeding for years.

The NY Times, a militant publication for evolution attempts to keep the old assumption alive by suggesting we are still distinct from Neandertal man. But even in places like John Hawk’s blog who is an  Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin answered his own question if this means Neanderthal man belongs in our species and the answer was a resounding, “yes”.

Neanderthal research through the years has never been a search for unbiased truth about the history of humans rather it was about looking for that evolutionary story using artistic reconstructions as the main prop on how a cell became a specialized complex human being. Fictional stories were invented telling us about how Neanderthals split 650,000 years ago only to encounter modern humans to interbreed with 100,000 years ago.

Logic would seem to indicated that the time span of 550,000 years would have drifted Neanderthals so far apart that interbreeding would have been impossible with modern man. What was our hominid ancestors doing for 150,000 years and then invented agriculture and domestication so recently and so abruptly? Do you see how absurd these evolutionary time frames are in relation to the evidence?

So who were these Neanderthals?  No, they didn’t live 650,000 years ago. They were people who migrated after the Flood, like everyone else. They became a very close-knit tribe which separated themselves from others. Inbreeding of tribes led to accentuated features. Physical characteristics or traits could have been caused by their diet custom or a harsh environment, age, or disease.

Neanderthals did not arise out of such things as population bottlenecks caused by major diseases nor massive murders carried out through the centuries which reduces the gene pool. It explains why the percentage of Neanderthal DNA found in modern humans is small.  In the Book of Genesis it advocates a world of distinct reproductive groups varying within their kinds which we observe today.

The amazing new research reveals what creationism expected so after 150 years of  being taught the wrong things about Neanderthal man because of the storytelling in evolution, it’s time to put the old evolutionary assumption about Neanderthals which is long overdue to rest!

Was 2008 A Good Year For Neanderthals?

There are two ways of looking at the research of Neanderthals this year. One is overly optimistic (the evolutionist viewpoint) and the other is some great results indicating a confirmation of the Bible.

Neanderthals were subjective to racism, they were deemed as the “poor relation of the human family” who didn’t have much intelligence. But in 2008, the discovery of the Vanguard and Gorham’s caves indicates Neanderthals were actually pretty intelligent.  They found Neanderthals using; modern and complex subsistence strategies.

Neanderthals lived along side other modern humans at Gibraltar with the same strategies, but went extinct.  A mystery for this evolutionary tree tale.  Another mystery also arises, since Neanderthals were discovered as mental  equivalents of modern humans. How was it possible for over 105,000 years or so, being able to hunt mammals but not being able to learn how to ride a horse?

Neanderthals were found to be pretty good tool makers. Their technology was at least as good as that of early humans. With these new discoveries a question should be asked. What makes Neanderthals difference from modern humans?

Another aspect of the research, Did Neanderthals interbreed with modern humans? The new discovery in 2008 containing fossilized human remains has been found in Iberia. The fossils showed partial Neanderthal characteristics.

“Anthropologist Marvin L. Lubenow has shown that Neanderthal, other than having a larger cranial capacity, was anatomically the same as Homo erectus. Their fossils do not fit into the depiction of a linear evolutionary ape-to-man transition that is iconic today, but were simply comingling variations of humankind.”

“Furthermore, a fossil elbow and the Laetoli footprints of Neanderthal man are indistinguishable from modern man, and both have been dated by evolutionary scientists at 4 million years or older—predating the earliest Neanderthals!4 Thus, within the published evolutionary dates, “anatomically modern Homo sapiens, Neandertal, archaic Homo sapiens, and Homo erectus as well as Lucy-like Australopithecinces all lived as contemporaries.” –ICR

Neanderthals hunted communicated and painted like other humans. They even built tools like other modern humans did. So what part of the research show this year that separated us from Neanderthals? Answer: Nothing!  If anything, it’s showed we are more the same than different which would confirm the Bible. So if you are creationist, it was a very good year for Neanderthal research!

Neanderthal: Has the “Other Human” Label Been Finally Put to Rest?

Neanderthal man has been making headlines once again. This time, the “other human” is coming into question by some evolutionists themselves. Neanderthal man has been portrayed as a different species of humans  which wasn’t that intelligent at all. The question remains, what makes Neanderthals distinct from modern day humans?

There are numerous ideas with a lot of imagination that goes along with it from just observing the appearance of Neanderthal man, but has no substance. Pat Shipman (anthropologist, Penn State) has made a revealing commentary on this subject…

“Neanderthals have always been treated like the poor relation in the human family.  From the recognition of the first partial skeleton from Feldhofer, Germany, in 1856, Neanderthals made scientists uneasy.  Initially they were viewed as too physically apelike to fit into Homo sapiens and too brutishly primitive to have been capable of modern human behavior.

Now, new information on Neanderthal adaptations has come from Gibraltar, an island where an adult Neanderthal cranium and pieces of a Neanderthal child’s skull were found previously.  As reported in this issue of PNAS, evidence from Vanguard and Gorham’s caves indicates that Neanderthals used unexpectedly modern and complex subsistence strategies”

–From “Separating ‘‘us’’ from ‘‘them’’: Neanderthal and modern human behavior by Pat Shipman

–Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University

Some evolutionary scientists believe that Neanderthals did in fact interbreed with modern humans. Shipman actually debunks the idea of Neanderthals as being the “other human” by pointing out the complexity in four different areas of their behavior that are identical to modern humans.

1) broad use of land resources

2) sea fishing and hunting

3) use of small scale resources

4) scheduling resource use by the seasons

If behavior did not separate “us” (modern humans) from “them” (Neanderthals), what did? Asks Pat Shipman.

Evolutionists have done a dis-service in teaching for many years the myths about Neanderthal. It’s been used as so-called evidence for evolution. The once brutish looking caveman considered not so smart, now looks and acts more modern than ever.

National Geographic a continued proponent of the lack of intelligence and advancement found concerning Neanderthal made a rebuttal to Shipman’s comments…

“But the new research may eliminate sophisticated foraging skills from the list of potential advantages unique to humans.”

National Geographic considers “sophisticated foraging skills” as a gap which will be later filled (changed to their position) by new discoveries of data. This is a typical argument they use against creationists too. It’s not a scientific valid argument. Does the see it to believe it apply? National Geographic seen it, but they don’t believe it…

“Deep down there is this idea that modern humans are cognitively superior and therefore able to out compete Neanderthals,” said researcher Clive Finlayson, director of the Heritage Division at the Gibraltar Museum. “I suppose we’ve thrown a bit of a spanner in the works by showing that Neanderthals were doing exactly the same thing.” Live Science

A wise man once said…

“Imagine the myths that could have been spun with the bones of living humans from differing parts of the world.  Put a Watusi skeleton next to an Eskimo in the Museum of Man, and just imagine the yarns you could spin.”

Is the “other human” label for Neanderthal man finally been put to rest? The answer is “YES” it is…For creationists it’s been a long time, but for evolutionists it’s taken them awhile at least for some of them. Bascially, there is no difference between modern man and Neanderthal man which confirms God’s Word.