Key discoveries in recent years over the humanity of Neanderthals have proven, they are not “so-dimwitted” after all. In fact, they are quite human like the rest of us. However, despite recent evidence to the contrary, the myth about this particular group is still alive and well. An interesting discovery was made and published in PNAS and then reported by the BBC…
“Professor Joao Zilhao, the archaeologist from Bristol University in the UK, who led the study, said that he and his team had examined shells that were used as containers to mix and store pigments. Black sticks of the pigment manganese, which may have been used as body paint by Neanderthals, have previously been discovered in Africa. [But] this is the first secure evidence for their use of cosmetics,” he told BBC News. “The use of these complex recipes is new. It’s more than body painting…Some of the sculpted, brightly coloured shells may also have been worn by Neanderthals as jewellery.”
While Chris Stringer of London’s National History Museum says it’s hard to debunk Neanderthals “dimwitted” image but on the other hand, consensus in a certain area, for a certain reason, seems more willing to change. It’s interesting to point out how evolutionists like to use consensus nowadays to defend their story.
It’s widely accepted by archaeologists that the practice of body ornamentation is evidence for modern behavior but since with this discovery has to do with Neanderthals using make-up and jewellery to make themselves look more attractive, they are willing to give up on that notion!
The BBC continues perpetuating the myth that Neanderthals were less evolved intellectually by depicting them in an image that makes them look like a brute! A brute of course doesn’t remind people of having intellectual abilities. It’s time for the BBC not to use those artist misconceptions anymore.
New Scientist puts it this way…
“Add this to other recent evidence that Neanderthals hunted, painted and perhaps even spoke like anatomically modern humans, and the dumb caveman hypothesis becomes even more untenable.”
Neanderthals could do those things and what we continue to learn from new discoveries about them is the fact that they were not less evolved, rather they were an interesting ancient group of people who got caught up in a story (evolution) which has no foundation!