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.