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?