Well good day to you all! Again it is wonderful to reach out to all my fine friends out there! I know it has been raining hard in other parts of the world, but here it is so dry. Send some of that wet stuff this a-way!
I am going to expound on the differences of mankind a little more as I have had some questions. The biggest is the difficulty of wrapping your brain around the fact that Noah and his family and all those before and for four generations after the flood were Homo erectus and not Homo sapiens.
There are several things to consider. First, it is absolute fact that the earliest (most ancient) human fossils (found in the lowest layers of deposits) are in fact Homo erectus. Again, fact-Homo erectus is so similar to Homo sapiens that they really should be considered one and the same. But even if they never get classified as one and the same, you must understand that Homo erectus (and H. neanderthalensis, H. florenensis, and H. devonianensis) are all 100% human. Differences in height, skull shape and even body size do not make or take away from our humanness.
|ape, H. erectus, H. neanderthalensis, H. sapiens, H. florenensis|
Evolution states that the descendents of a species can’t be living as contemporaries with their ancestors because the one species (allegedly) turns into the ‘more advance’ species. It does this because (again allegedly) the former species “…possesses certain favorable mutations which the rest of the species does not possess. Thus the newer, more advanced group comes into direct competition with the older unchanged group and eventually eliminates it through (competition and) death.”[i]
That is what most of us have been taught about our ancestors, so it is understandable that it is
difficult to wrap our brains around the fact that Homo erectus, H. neanderthalensis, H. florenensis, H. devonianensis, and H. sapiens are all very, very human. We must train our thoughts to analyze these five human groups as true humans, just like professional basket ball players are all much taller than the average human and the pygmy tribe of the Congo, Africa are much smaller. Yet we do not think of them as sub-human. In such a way we must redirect our thoughts towards our ancestors, and not let evolution pollution cloud or deceive or even trouble our minds.
The whole evolution theory actually falls apart when looked at closely in regards to mankind. According to evolution, H. erectus should have long disappeared from earth by the time Neanderthals and ‘modern’ humans show up on the scene. According to their own theory, these people groups could not have been contemporaries. Yet they are.
But how nicely do contemporary human groups fit in with the dispersal of mankind from Babel, and the pressures of the Ice Age, just as the bible says!
The other question most frequently asked is; why was only the Neanderthals affected so badly by rickets? Well, rickets is a disease brought on by the lack of vitamin D. Vitamin D comes to us can through our diet and/or supplements and can also be synthesized (from cholesterol) when sun exposure is adequate. In humans vitamin D is produced in the deep layers of our skin through irradiation by the ultraviolet component of sunlight.
|Homo neanderthalensis (left), Homo sapiens (right)|
Now, with that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the Neanderthal lifestyle. They are a people that in general, lived in the frigid shadow of the Ice Age glaciers. So what would be a natural response to such a harsh climate? “1) to seek out natural shelters such as caves, 2) to construct shelters out of whatever materials was available, and 3) to wear heavy clothing, probably animal skins, to cover much or all of the body. The lack of access to sunshine because of the heavy cloud cover, their need for shelter [and therefore much time spent indoors], and the wearing of heavy clothing would have predictable results; rickets.”[ii] Remember the component of sunlight that ‘brings’ the vitamin D? Ultraviolet waves. The very component of sunlight most effectively filtered out by heavy, thick, snow ladened clouds.
But didn’t those archaic Homo sapiens and erectus that lived close the glaciers also dress heavy and live in caves? Yes they did. And there is no archeological record that gives evidence that these archaic peoples, or the Neanderthals had dietary sources of vitamin D. Only fatty fish and egg yolk are significant dietary sources of this vitamin. The archeological record, however, shows that Cro-Magnon man -‘modern’ Homo sapiens –consumed fish as a substantial and routinely part of their diet. “Further, by Cro-magnon time, the Ice Age would have been in its final stages with relatively cool ocean, less cloud cover and volcanism, a dryer climate, and more sunshine.”[iii]
These are some amazing facts about our ancestors. Another surprising fact is that “a set of fossilized human remains has been discovered in Iberia that shows partial Neanderthal characteristics, proving again that Neanderthals interbred with anatomically modern men. This adds to a growing list of evidence, consistent with biblical history, that demonstrates Neanderthal to have been fully human, rather than an evolutionary transition. “…And the first completed Neanderthal genome ‘showed us things completely unexpected by evolutionary theory. First, Neanderthal was fully human. Second, he is related to people living in Eurasia today. Third, Neanderthals interbred with modern humans.’1 This matches skeletal remains that were part modern, part Neanderthal, found in Iberia.”[iv]
But then of course as bible believing people, we knew that all along even if we couldn’t put a finger on it before! All five people groups are descendents of Adam and Eve, those two precious people who walked and talked with God, even if only for a short time.
And because of Jesus, we all-every one of us-can talk to God too. It doesn’t have to be something fancy, just pour your heart out to him and He will lead you the rest of the way!
God bless to you all!
This week in the night skies- “Friday, May 17, Regulus and the Sickle of Leo shine above the first-quarter Moon this evening…The Moon is 1.3 light-seconds from Earth. Regulus is almost precisely 1 billion times farther at 42 light-years. Scale model: If the Moon were a BB [bullet] at reading distance 15 inches from your face, Regulus would be a house-size, blue-white-hot fireball at the Moon's actual distance.
[i] Lubenow, Marvin L., Bones of Contention, a Creationist Assessment Of Human Fossils, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI, 1992.