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.”

Monuments Found At Gobekli Tepe In Turkey Look Modern

Supposedly 7,500 years earlier than Stonehenge or the Great Pyramid, and 6,000 years prior to what evolution deemed to be the earliest known writing, Gobeli Tepe has archaeologists shaking their heads in amazement and been bewildered by this discovery for more than ten years now. Also, it is believed there is much more under the surface which will keep archaeologists pretty busy for years to come.

What generally is not understood by evolutionists is always labeled as some sort of ritual, in this case it’s no exception. Last November the Smithsonian reported the findings at Gobeli Tepe  as being the oldest temple discovered.

“Six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in southeastern Turkey, Klaus Schmidt has made one of the most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: massive carved stones about 11,000 years old, crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery.”

“The megaliths predate Stonehenge by some 6,000 years. The place is called Gobekli Tepe, and Schmidt, a German archaeologist who has been working here more than a decade, is convinced it’s the site of the world’s oldest temple.”

But with further study, the monuments were found to be artistically advanced and not a temple which prompted further speculation as evolutionists are trying to fit it into a certain timetable. As the old saying in evolution goes, the older it is, the more simple it should be. But one has to keep in mind, dating methods are not a certainty by any means. Cosmic rays do play a factor in radiocarbon dating as surges can affect the data collected. There is no way to predict cosmic ray surges from the past or other factors that could affect the data as of yet we are unaware of.

Like I stated previously, the old evolutionary saying is, the older it is, the more simple it is, but one can’t really say this for the monuments found at Gobekli Tepe which look very well made with a clear sense of  geometry and communication, not something you would find for for supposedly primitive humans.

This reminds me of the Chauvet Cave which I had written about in a previous post, what surprised evolutionists was they had dated the cave with all it’s paintings about 10,000 older than the ones found in Lascaux yet the paintings in the Chauvet Cave were clearly by far, more advanced artistically than the newer ones found at Lascaux.

There is enough evidence to cast a major doubts on pre-Sumerian history (which doesn’t agree with biblical history and is in conflict with newer discoveries) and I predict there will be more to come as scientists take a closer look at Gobekli Tepe or other sites which have yet to be discovered.

Congratuations Associates for Biblical Research

Israeli Antiquities Authority has approved ABR for archaeological excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir not too far from Jerusalem. It’s very exciting considering the last time they were there was back in 1995.  Here is a news bit from their site

“The location of Joshua’s Ai has been a matter of mystery and controversy since the beginnings of archaeological research in Palestine. Most archaeologists locate Joshua’s Ai at et-Tell, 1 km. east of our site. At et-Tell there is no indication of occupation at the time of Joshua. This has led scholars to doubt the historicity of the account of the capture of Ai, and the Conquest in general.”

“To find the true site where the Biblical event took place would be a very significant and important discovery, having far-reaching implications for a correct understanding of the early history of Israel. Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir began in 1995. Thus far, the city gate and wall system have been revealed. In 2009, we will continue to excavate these features as we uncover the plan of this 15th century BC Canaanite fortress.”

“ABR excavated at Khirbet el-Maqatir from 1995 to 2000. Since then, ABR has been patiently waiting for the right opportunity to return and continue our original research and excavation work in Israel. Since the dig has been approved, we ask for you to pray for God to continue open the doors so we may be optimally production in doing this important begun at the site in 1995.”

Volunteers are welcomed! Anyone interested in a once in a lifetime adventure and interested in history should should go on this trip. The area in which they are staying is a safe spot, and away from the problem areas one can encounter over there. The locals are pretty friendly with ABR. I’m considering going myself especially with possible implications of newly discovered objects that could shed light on the biblical account. The cost of the trip is also tax dedicable for US citizens.

Oldest Hebrew Writings Discovered In Hirbet Qeiyafa

This is a pretty exciting discovery for Christians, the oldest Hebrew writing found to date is about 3,000 years old…‘Yossi Garfinkel, the Israeli archaeologist leading the excavations at Hirbet Qeiyafa, released his conclusions about the writing Thursday after months of study.

“The shard was found near the stairs and stone washtub of an excavated home. It was later discovered to bear characters known as proto-Canaanite, a precursor of the Hebrew alphabet.

The Israelites were not the only ones using the proto-Canaanite characters, and other scholars suggest it is difficult – perhaps impossible – to conclude the text is Hebrew. However, Garfinkel based his identification on a three-letter verb from the inscription meaning “to do,” a word he said existed only in Hebrew.”

“That leads us to believe that this is Hebrew, and that this is the oldest Hebrew inscription that has been found,” he said. -MH

This new discovering of finding the oldest Hebrew writings to date has some implications. Firstly, it’s important to the accurancy of the Biblical accounts of events. It gives physical evidence that in acient Israel you find literate people who could pass on the Word of God accurately, long before the Bible was complete.

The second implication, is the belief that Israel claims to the land as God-given in the modern era. While it’s true, the land they do now have, belongs to the Jews because of war, and purchasing the land. But the Jews hold no claim because David’s Kingdom used to be there. More on the the true Israel of God in my website.

“The fortified settlement where the writing was found contains indications that a powerful Israelite kingdom existed near Jerusalem in David’s time, says Garfinkel.

If his claim is borne out, it would bolster the case for the Bible’s accuracy by indicating the Israelites could record events as they happened, transmitting the history that was recorded in the Old Testament several hundred years later.”

Indeed, archaeology is a very important field to creationists, and to Christians in general. The very foundation in which we believe is being proven as time progresses. Hopefully more discoveries like this one which deals with the oldest Hebrew writings will surface as well!