Neanderthal Man Defies Prevailing Paradigm

When one believes in the gradual upward slope from ape to man, one requires transitions to accommodate evolution but often times it falls off the cliff. The imaginary story of a brute named Neanderthal man who was said to be no so smart, often times down right stupid with no language other than grunts but examining his tools, and the way he lived showed otherwise. The story also said that Neanderthal man did not have any off spring with modern humans which would make them the same species, but DNA showed otherwise.

More breaking news from this week about Neanderthal man, they found feathers in his living arrangement and it was not there by accident rather it was there by intelligent design!

The BBC reports…

“The authors say the result provides yet more evidence that Neanderthal thinking ability was similar to our own. The analysis even suggests they had a preference for dark feathers, which they selected from birds of prey and corvids – such as ravens and rooks.”  

“Numerous tribal peoples from history have also adorned themselves with feathers, and the authors stress that they are not suggesting we learned the practice from Neanderthals. Feather ornamentation could in fact go back even further, to a common ancestor of modern humans and Neanderthals.”

The prevailing paradigm suggested based on the lack of cave paintings, beads and figurines at Neanderthal sites, that they had no appreciation for art. Paleoanthropologists make lousy CSI agents who use physical evidence to solve crimes.

Over 1650 Neanderthal sites were investigated by Finlayson’s team (see PLoS One) and discovered numerous bird bones from which the Neanderthals apparently extracted feathers for decoration! This falsifies the notion from the prevailing paradigm that Neanderthals were too dumb to catch the birds.

“The large number of bones, the variety of species processed and the different temporal periods when the behaviour is observed, indicate that this was a systematic, geographically and temporally broad, activity that the Neanderthals undertook.”

Our results, providing clear evidence that Neanderthal cognitive capacities were comparable to those of Modern Humans, constitute a major advance in the study of human evolution.

Major advance? Sounds like a bluff. The prevailing paradigm has Neanderthal man going in the other direction so a retreat would be the better term. Finlayson views his research as only the beginning in discovering how  Neanderthal man lived which is most likely true considering the prevailing paradigm is not a presentation of reality.

It is showing that Neanderthals simply expressed themselves in media other than cave walls. The last bastion of defence in favour of our superiority was cognition,” he said; now, despite their differences, it must be acknowledged that “their processes of thinking were obviously very similar”

In other news along the line…What prevailing paradigm in the ‘theory’ of evolution would have assumed modern-looking spear points in coal dated 300,000 years old?

In a press release from the University of Tübingen…

“Since the middle of the 1990s is the Lower Palaeolithic excavation site in Schöningen (on the western terminal slope of an opencast lignite mine) at the centre of archaeologists attention. Dr. Hartmut Thieme (Niedersächsisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, Hannover) discovered eight surprisingly well preserved and approximately 300.000 year old spears, the oldest know hunting weapons in the world. This has led to intensive discussions about the abilities of our ancestors in middle Europe.”

“The spears and other artifacts as well as animal remains found at the site demonstrate that their users were highly skilled craftsmen and hunters, well adapted to their environment – with a capacity for abstract thought and complex planning comparable to our own. It is likely that they were members of the species homo heidelbergensis, although no human remains have yet been found at the site.”

Very interesting, also the press release did not explain how any of these artifacts could be so well preserved in the presence of water for 300,000 years. Can you explain it?

Ancient City Discovered In Syria

A highly developed city burst onto the scene about 4,000 to 6,000 years ago in the evolutionary time frame. Early indications reveal a society rich in trade, copper metallurgy and pottery production but supposedly, the wheel hadn’t been invented yet…

“Covering about 31 acres, Tell Zeidan was situated where the Balikh River joins the Euphrates River in modern-day Syria. The location was at the crossroads of major, ancient trade routes in Mesopotamia that followed the course of the Euphrates River valley. The Ubaid period lasted from about 5300 to 4000 B.C.”

“This enigmatic period saw the first development of widespread irrigation, agriculture, centralized temples, powerful political leaders and the first emergence of social inequality as communities became divided into wealthy elites and poorer commoners,” said Gil Stein, director of the Oriental Institute and a leader of the expedition.”

The dating of 6000 years is questionable. What about it being an enigmatic period? It’s not enigmatic at all, in fact if one follows Biblical history after Babel, it’s quite logical.  Intelligent humans in a complex society spread out and build cities rapidly. Observational data shows humans can migrate at a pretty fast rate. The funny part of this discovery and it goes along the line of overusing the hypothesis first method which they rely very heavy on, how do they know the wheel in this particular society wasn’t invented yet? They still have a ways to go as far as uncovering the ancient city of Tell Zeidan.

Evolutionists have a real challenge on their hands, falsifications of simplicity is the norm in other fields in this story but in this chapter, you have a society all of a sudden burst on the scene before urban cities came into existence with anatomically correct modern humans who were able to organize their own habitats, decorate themselves, cook with fire and even play music, but for one to two million years straight they could only hunt, gather and dwell in a cave before an idea of planting came to mind. This is when according to the evolutionary time line, cities appeared with irrigation, commerce, metallurgy and a stratified society.

There is a pattern, just like in other areas of science, for example, the Human genome. Evolutionary scientists held to the idea (hypothesis first) was that signalling pathways were fairly simple and linear but what they have been finding is networks of complex information!

Ancient man was found to be more complex, now we see an ancient city more complex than they ever imagined, one would think they would expect more complexity with their discoveries…This is what happens with an unbelief in God’s word, you get a confusing story that makes no sense whatsoever in light of the evidence.

More On The Image of Neanderthals

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!

Minimalist Viewpoint On Bible Debunked

Minimalists in Biblical Archaeology claim the Bible was written in Greece, hundreds of years after the events took place.  One of their claims mentioned there was no kingdom of David and Solomon. Here is what they considered as evidence for their position,  necessary archaeological evidence to prove there was a state is missing, therefore according to a minimalist viewpoint, 2 Samuel and 1Kings are not accurate. Also, no administrative documents have been found which again means to them, there was no such government.

But Minimalists do not deny the existence of David and Solomon, but rather have their own historical time frame and story about them which puts David and Solomon in a primitive society.

But their skepticism about the historical account from the Bible has been debunked! An ancient Hebrew pottery inscription that was found back in 2008, it has been dated as the oldest known Hebrew text. This certainly one of more amazing discoveries of our time! Recently it had been deciphered for public viewing.

In the EurekAlert article…

“Prof. Galil also notes that the inscription was discovered in a provincial town in Judea.  He explains that if there were scribes in the periphery, it can be assumed that those inhabiting the central region and Jerusalem were even more proficient writers.”

“It can now be maintained that it was highly reasonable that during the 10th century BCE, during the reign of King David, there were scribes in Israel who were able to write literary texts and complex historiographies such as the books of Judges and Samuel.”  He adds that the complexity of the text discovered in Khirbet Qeiyafa, along with the impressive fortifications revealed at the site, refute the claims denying the existence of the Kingdom of Israel at that time.”

So what did the inscription have to say? It was about caring for the disadvantaged in society! The English translation went like this…

“you shall not do [it], but worship the [Lord].  Judge the sla[ve] and the wid[ow].  Judge the orph[an] [and] the stranger.  [Pl]ead for the infant; plead for the po[or and] the widow.  Rehabilitate [the poor] at the hands of the king.  Protect the po[or and] the slave; [supp]ort the stranger.”