Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Neanderthals Were Not So “Neanderthal”

Geico is a leading insurance company that owes much of its popularity to its clever commercials. Of course their most popular commercial icon is the talking gecko lizard. And, probably their second most popular icon is the offended caveman. The cavemen characters were even launched into an unsuccessful television sitcom. The tag line of the caveman commercials is that switching to Geico is "So easy a caveman can do it.” The commercials usually feature one or more cavemen in a modern day setting conducting their lives as intelligent humans. Then, when they see the advertisement with this tagline, they become visibly offended. These commercials are funny. But, unintentionally, they are displaying a truth that is becoming more and more supported by emerging archaeological evidence.

It is widely believed in scientific circles that Neanderthals (technical name for what we often refer to as cavemen) were a subspecies of humans characterized by primitive lack of intelligence. It is also widely believed that they arose and started their decline towards extinction before the rise of modern humans. This belief is so far reaching that even in our present culture, the noun Neanderthal has been converted into an adjective used to ridicule people for being ignorant, even in commercials. But, does available evidence match up with this widely held belief?

In a paper published in August 2013, by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers outlined their discovery of four fragments of bone made by Neanderthals in southwestern France that were apparently used as lissoirs, or smoothers, for making animal hides tougher and more water resistant. Similar tools are being used by leather workers today. Contrary to widely held beliefs, this discovery provides “evidence that Neanderthals may have independently made specialized bone tools.” The paper went on to admit that the find “confirms that there is still much we don't know about them.” Rachel Wood, an archaeologist and researcher in radiocarbon dating at the Australian National University, added, “It’s adding to a growing body of research, that’s growing quite rapidly at the moment, that’s showing that Neanderthals are capable and did produce tools ... in a way that is much more similar to modern humans.”

Scientists are forced to begin asking new questions about whether and for how long Neanderthals and modern humans co-existed. This find confounds the widely held beliefs about the timing of emergence of Neanderthals, their level of intelligence, and the timing of their extinction.

In a prior post (X-Men and The Missing Link) I outlined Dr. Jack Cuozzo’s analysis of all known Neanderthal skulls. Not only did Cuozzo find these skulls to be human, but he is the only one to note that one of the skulls even has a tooth that had apparently been sharpened by tools. This coupled with the evidence from this recent publication consistently point to the same twofold conclusion. First, there is no conclusive evidence that Neanderthals were subhuman. Second, all of the evidence that does exist suggests that Neanderthals were in fact intelligent humans. Contrary conclusions are speculation or fiction without evidentiary proof.

So why is this fiction allowed to persist even in scientific circles in spite of the evidence? That is because the scientific community at large swears allegiance to a biased agenda over The Scientific Method. The facts as we are learning are inconvenient for a community largely Hell-bent on denying the existence of God. In spite of constant claims that God is not physically available to study, they still have a constant fixation to make denying conclusions about Him. The belief that Neanderthals are ignorant sub-humans fits the agenda of their religion of human emergence by means of Godless evolution. Ironically, this conclusion is also not physically available to study. But, there is a huge problem with their agenda. The evidence opposes it. The proverbial Geico cavemen have every right to be offended because they are being lied about.

Ephesians 4:17-18 says, “Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.” It is hardness of heart that leads to blinding ignorance. And, it is the truest form of ignorance to “ignore” facts in order to propagate a fictional agenda. Isn’t it ironic that the very community that “ignores” archaeological facts about Neanderthals are usually the first to label Christians as ignorant?

In conclusion, I ask, in light of the growing body of evidence supporting the true intelligence of Neanderthals, should we expect mass revisions to our biology text books? Well, I wouldn’t hold my breath for that.