Neanderthals Have Become Like Us
The change in attitude about Neanderthals is almost complete. The formerly brutish missing links were pretty modern after all. DNA sequencing of Neanderthal remains, along with new fossil discoveries, have made this subgroup of Homo sapiens for all intents and purposes the equivalents of us. For example:
- Talk to me bro: Neanderthals probably spoke languages like modern humans. A genetic study announced by Science Now1 claims their FOXP2 gene, implicated in language capacity, was identical to modern man’s. Some aren’t willing to concede this essential mark of humanness, thinking the similarity might be due to contamination, but Svante Paabo, one of the investigators, thinks not. One gene doesn’t prove ability to speak, he recognizes. Still, he was willing to state that “with respect to FOXP2, there’s nothing to say that Neandertals could not speak just like we do.” Other indications are that they had large brains (larger on average than those of modern man) and lived in groups.
- Better redhead than deadhead: Some Neanderthals had red hair and pale skin, a study in Science claimed. The genetic study hinted that Neanderthal hair and skin color varied as much as that of moderns; this questions the assumption of their being a dark-skinned race recently migrated from Africa. (See also National Geographic, Science Daily and the BBC News.)
- We Neanderthal, the cosmopolitan cognoscenti: Neanderthals have been found farther east. Nature reported the discovery of Neanderthals in southern Siberia.2 The DNA of fossils fell within the range of European Neanderthals, the international team reported. “Thus, the geographic range of Neanderthals is likely to have extended at least 2,000 km further to the east than commonly assumed.” This followed a report on ENews earlier this month about Neanderthal bones found in China.
The Nature article claimed that Neanderthals ruled the planet for a long time:
Morphological traits typical of Neanderthals began to appear in European hominids at least 400,000 years ago and about 150,000 years ago in western Asia. After their initial appearance, such traits increased in frequency and the extent to which they are expressed until they disappeared shortly after 30,000 years ago.
If their intelligence, travel and culture was this advanced, however, it seems a stretch to believe they were completely supplanted by near equals after 370,000 years of success. Considering the entry in March that Neanderthals and modern humans lived contemporaneous for some time (03/08/2007, bullet 8), and in August that Neanderthals and modern humans possibly interbred (08/02/2007), it appears that further adjustments to the evolutionary tale are in the offing.
1. Elizabeth Culotta, “Talk Like a Man,” Science, 18 October 2007.
2. Krause et al, “Neanderthals in central Asia and Siberia,” Nature 449, 902-904 (18 October 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature06193.
If you are not so thoroughly brainwashed by evolutionary myths that you can still think rationally about evidence, join the movement to jettison the Neanderthal tale and start over (01/16/2007). It seems crazy, on the face of it, to assume that Neanderthals lived on this planet at least 120,000 years, if not 370,000 years, without inventing the horse and buggy, rodeos (01/19/2001), ships, drip irrigation and hot air balloons. Look how quickly their equivalents (us) went from simple farming to conquer sea, air, land, and even space – even with smaller brains! These people were better hunters, better at playing Survivorman, and probably as intelligent and more agile than we are, yet Darwinians expect us to believe they did nothing but hunt meat for the cave cookout day after day for hundreds of thousands of years. How do you spell b-e-l-i-e-f?
It’s time for a complete overthrow of the Neanderthal myth. In its place, we suggest these three replacement assumptions:
- Taxonomy: The Neanderthal classification is a Darwinian fabrication. The set of Neanderthal traits was completely within the range of human variability. They are, and were, Homo sapiens sapiens.
- Variability: They lived not that long ago, and may still be among us. The variability is a continuum, not a distinct cut-off. It would be like classifying Eskimos or the Nephilim/Rephaim/Emim of Old Testament records as missing links. We have stated several times that if you took skeletons from living individuals at the extremes of modern variability, they would look like separate species (e.g., 07/22/2007).
- Chronology: The entire span of human history fits within thousands of years, not tens or hundreds of thousands. If it were not so, we would have a right to expect, based on the rapid advance of civilization in recorded history, that these people, who were identical to us, would have developed written language and technology with clear traces in the fossil record. A corollary is that the Darwin-based dating methods are seriously flawed.
If you were to approach the data with Darwinian glasses off, and these assumptions in mind, without doubt you would find plenty of supporting evidence. Since Darwinism is now falsified (10/08/2007), let’s do it.