Dear ones, today we have an exciting conclusion to our Monday series through the human family tree. The Neanderthal! Caveman cousin? Diseased humans? Aged men and women living far longer than we do? Before we dig right in, if you’ve missed previous posts in this series, friends, I’ll be sure to link to them at the bottom. What we’ve done is journeyed through the evolutionists idea of humanity’s family tree, pointing out the issues of timing and bone structure along the way. We avoided fossils that are so heavily debated that conclusions still remain to be made. I hope to finish today with the last branch of the tree before modern man, Neanderthal.
Neanderthal is the most common fossil in the family tree, with five hundred found thus far. While only twelve of those are complete fossils, it’s believed there are a total of five hundred individual Neanderthals present in the fossils found. They are unearthed all over the world, with Africa being the only exception. The term fossil is misleading in this case, as none of them have been found completely fossilized. The unique feature of being buried alongside modern man is perhaps why we have been able to uncover so many. Unique in that they have rarely been found not buried next to modern bones, that’s not to say that other groups have not also been found buried together. This is true, although not as common, for all the human groups we’ve discussed previously, except for H. Erectus.
Neanderthals have always been viewed as the caveman idiot, no where near as intelligent as modern man, of course. Fortunately we continue to find more and more evidence to the contrary, including findings suggesting they wore makeup, played musical instruments, hunted intelligently, used tools, and were seafaring. Another important scientific upset has been in the DNA, which was previously announced, and dogmatically concluded, to have been nonexistent in living humans today. That has, of course, been rescinded, due to research actually finding Neanderthal sequences in many living individuals. This is clearly the best evidence that Neanderthals are not ‘cousins’ or missing links between man and ape evolution, but humans with distinctive genetic qualities.
It is the odd qualities found in the Neanderthal bones that set them apart from the modern fossils they have been buried with. Secular views are varied, ranging from genetic disease, to malnutrition. None of the proposed possibilities are without major flaws. At this point, there is no obvious agreement amongst evolutionist scientists as to how these fossils came to look the way they do. This is not to say that the Creation scientists are in agreement either. The divide within the creationist view is where these fossils fit Biblically. For many, the Neanderthal fossils merely represent a genetically unique family group from the dispersion of Babel. For others, these fossils represent the individuals who lived much longer then modern man after the flood.
As we now know, the bones in human skulls continue to grow throughout our lives. This is another bit of research that overturned previously held beliefs that all bones stop growing after puberty. That’s still assumed to be the case for all other bones, although we know bones become more dense with age, and cartilage never stops growing. With this understanding, researchers modeled the current rate of skull growth with ages ranging from two to three hundred years old, and came up with images resembling the Neanderthal fossils. There are some compelling findings in the Neanderthal fossils that suggest they aged slower than modern man, including their teeth and jaws. Dr. Jack Cuozzo details these arguments, while also showing how these fossils are being altered to fit the image evolutionists want in his book Buried Alive which I reviewed here.
To conclude this series, I want to point out that we see the plot-line from evolutionists of a family tree that never existed, taught in schools and museums without facts or scientific evidence. Opinions, conjectures, assumptions, dishonest handling of fossils, and artistic renditions that leave out obvious bone structures that differ from the plot-line, is how we’ve been shown the ‘evolution’ of man. If it’s not observable and repeatable, it’s not scientifically provable. Beloved, these arbitrary stories of fictitious missing links need not be allowed to stand unopposed. As the church, we need to be educating our children, and one another, about these subjects. Especially the youth groups, which desperately need to be preparing the young adults to have an answer for the hope they have within. I pray this series has been a blessing to you all, as always beloved brethren, be good Berean’s, and study to show yourselves approved.