Neanderthal Concept Has Imploded
If Neanderthals interbred with modern humans as early as new findings suggest, the distinction becomes meaningless.
“Our first sex with Neanderthals happened 100,000 years ago,” New Scientist shouts. This is a shocking story of a tryst that is steamier than any dime novel. It was announced in Nature by Dr. Sergi Castellano and a research team from Max Planck Institute. Colin Barras reports,
It was a two-way street. Many people carry ancient Neanderthal DNA in their genome as a result of cross-species liaisons around 50,000 years ago. Now it seems that some Neanderthals carried our DNA, too.
The BBC News agrees with the 100,000-year date for the secret dating encounter, but things gets worse. Where did the liaison take place? According to Live Science, if you guessed the Fertile Crescent, you’re getting warmer.
Castellano and his colleagues speculated that the episode of interbreeding they detected may have occurred in the Levant, the eastern Mediterranean region that includes Israel and Syria. Previous research suggested that modern humans and Neanderthals were present in the Levant as early as 120,000 years ago. Another potential location for this interbreeding was Southern Arabia and the area around the Persian Gulf, they added.
“The exact place where the gene flow occurred is not settled, but the Near East fits the fossil evidence we currently have,” Castellano told Live Science.
This news is worse than the prior week’s announcements that Neanderthal DNA is responsible for some of our modern maladies like depression, allergies and obesity (Science Magazine, PhysOrg). Not that all Neanderthal genes are bad; some seem to increase the immune system, the claim went. But if “interspecies gene flow” between the two groups dates back 120,000 years or more, such distinctions are academic. Species are defined by the ability to interbreed and produce fertile offspring.
And speaking of fertile, isn’t the Fertile Crescent where the Tower of Babel was located? Is that mere coincidence?
We mustn’t be racists about this. That wouldn’t be politically correct. Live Science announced that race is a social construct; what else could they say? All humans can intermarry and have children, including Neanderthals. We are their offspring. Get used to it. No more talk about stocky builds and brow ridges. We are Neanderthals, and they are us.
It’s time to shame the textbook writers and museums about this. Complain to the curators about their racist depictions of your relatives. Demand removal of the “Neanderthal” n-word as vehemently as you would any other case of racial harassment. Tell them you want the human families depicted accurately in the early man exhibits, with proud upright postures, wise faces and classy outfits. If they won’t do it, demand that the curator put on buckskins and get in the exhibit with his relatives.
It’s over, folks. The Neanderthal myth is dead, and with it the mythical timeline of early man evolving upward toward us. The evolutionists have been wrong for over 150 years! Back to the words of the God-fearing, Christ-honoring Joachim Neander, whose name was inadvertently attached to our deceased brethren because he owned the valley where the first bones were found. This one-and-only original Neanderthal man was no stoop-shouldered, bow-legged brute lugging mammoth meat to the cave cookout. He was a man of letters and wisdom, and he was a creationist. His words we can now sing over the debunked myth with added gusto: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation.”
Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
sheddeth his light,
chaseth the horrors of night,
saints with his mercy surrounding.