Neanderthal Racism Continues
The evidence shows that Neanderthals were fully human, having shared genetic information with us. Why, then, do Darwin Supremacists continue to treat them as “other” than human?
One clear case (among many) where paleoanthropologists have been totally wrong has been in the classification of Neanderthals as a separate species, Homo neanderthalensis. As pointed out before, this amounts to a case of historical racism. For years, there have been growing signs that these ancient humans were just as intelligent as modern humans. The clincher in the last few years, though, is that we all have Neanderthal genes in us. Clearly, any individual capable of interbreeding and carrying on fertile offspring over generations counts as a member of the same species.
The following headlines show, however, that evolutionists are reluctant to give up the iconic images of “Neanderthal Man” that have decorated evolutionary books for generations, portraying our brethren as dark-skinned subhumans not as bright as Europeans. One technique to keep the myth alive is to say, ‘Well, they may have contributed genes to us, but they were disease genes.’ This is the latest slap on our fully-human ancestors who are not here to defend themselves.
Neanderthals didn’t give us red hair but they certainly changed the way we sleep (The Conversation). Darren Curnoe opens his attack with a very racist image of a Neanderthal statue in Germany posed to make it look moronic. “It’s difficult to imagine why our early ancestors would have mated with them,” he says, admitting that 2% of our genome apparently came from them. “Neanderthals were a different species to us after all, and the thought of it seems distasteful to us today.”
Neanderthal brains ‘grew more slowly’ (BBC News). Contrary to mounting evidence, Pallab Ghosh tries to keep Neanderthals distinct from modern humans. And yet in the body of the article, he admits to the intriguing possibility that their brains may have been “more advanced” than our own. Here’s how he treats the demise of the old picture, without pinning any blame on the evolutionists for promoting it for so long:
The brutish picture of Neanderthals is an old one. In the last few years there has been growing evidence to suggest that they were a distinct human species with some small differences. Now we can say that their growth pattern is similar to ours, too.
How Neanderthals Got Their Unusually Large Brains (Live Science). In light of Antonio Rosas’ team’s finding that a Neanderthal child showed delayed development like modern humans (indicating high intelligence, unlike quickly-developing primates), Charles Q. Choi finds a way to keep Darwin happy. He quotes Rosas saying, “Our main conclusion is that Neanderthals shared a common [overall] pattern of growth with modern humans, and this common pattern was possibly inherited from a common ancestor.” The Rosas paper was published in Science.
Direct dating of Neanderthal remains from the site of Vindija Cave and implications for the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition (PNAS). This paper just re-dates some Neanderthal fossils that previously showed anomalously young dates. They seem happy to keep them older. “These revised dates change our interpretation of this important site and demonstrate that the Vindija Neanderthals probably did not overlap temporally with early modern humans.” So when did they interbreed? The authors don’t seem to notice that early modern humans go much further back according to new finds. See also Jean-Jacques Hublin’s commentary in PNAS on the new date, and Bob Yirka’s report on Phys.org. Yirka repeats the myth that there was no overlap.
Contradicts convention on Denisovans, Neanderthals, modern humans (Science Daily). With flexible Darwin Years to play with, evolutionary paleoanthropologists play with dates to keep Neanderthals, Denisovans and ‘modern humans’ as distinct as possible. Even so, their latest model “contradicts conventional wisdom” about their relationships and dates. Evolutionists don’t mind contradicting conventional wisdom as long as contending models are just as evolutionary and never question long ages.
And yet other headlines show that Neanderthals were just like us:
Neanderthal Child Grew Just Like a Modern Human (National Geographic). “A 49,000-year-old skeleton supports the notion that long childhoods—thought to help nurse a larger brain—aren’t unique to Homo sapiens.” Note the subtle implication that they were still “other” than us. The article ends with other evolutionists disputing the implications drawn from the fossil, as if wishing to maintain the old view.
Neanderthal boy’s skull grew like a human child’s (Phys.org). “Neanderthal brain growth may or may not be like any human population, but surely seems to fit within the normal human range,” one anthropologist admits.
More traits associated with your Neandertal DNA (Medical Xpress). While admitting a substantial contribution of Neanderthal genes to the human genome, this article continues to label them Neanderthals, maintaining the racist separation of them and us. At what point are the similarities greater than the distinctions, such that maintaining a separate species name becomes useless?
You May Be More ‘Neanderthal’ Than You Thought (Live Science). Even though Charles Q. Choi in this piece seems to be admitting to substantial genetic sharing between us and Neanderthals, he takes the racist position that they only gave us bad genes. “A female Neanderthal who lived in what is now Croatia 52,000 years ago is revealing that our ‘caveman’ relatives may have passed on genes that play roles in cholesterol levels, eating disorders, arthritis and other diseases today, the researchers who sequenced her genome say.” This could contribute to racist notions that less-evolved people have corrupted our genetic purity, except that they did it long ago. That means that today’s Darwin Supremacists cannot fight to eliminate them.
Did Neanderthals and Modern Humans Overlap?
Another key piece of evidence to blur the distinction between Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis is the revised timeline. Modern humans are now said to go back 300,000 Darwin years, overlapping the traditional Neanderthal dates significantly. Is it plausible to believe there was no interaction between groups of intelligent, migrating humans for such a long time?
Modern humans emerged more than 300,000 years ago new study suggests (Science Daily). “This means that modern humans emerged earlier than previously thought,” says one paleoanthropologist. Thought by whom? By evolutionists, certainly. Biblical creationists think they emerged on Day 6 of creation week, and all variation in true humans occurred subsequently.
Evolutionists in the Eugenics era used to classify living people as ‘primitive’ or closer to apes than to man. Now they do it with people who are no longer here to defend themselves. If they really think that Neanderthals were “other” than modern humans, let’s see them use CRISPR to cut out their Neanderthal genes and see if that increases their fitness.