Anthropology and Archaeology
Neanderthals: Our Long Lost Cousins
In 1856 in the Neander Valley in Germany a fossil skeleton was
found that had some characteristics that were a little different
than the average modern European. It was seized upon by
evolutionists as a "missing link" between apes and humans. Artists then
pictured Neanderthals as stooped over, hairy brutes; apemen. For
over a century books and magazines popularized this view to the
point that the very word Neanderthal has come to mean a
substandard human being. But as is so often the case with
evolutionists' stories, the facts are quite different.
Neanderthals were in fact simply a variation of humanity in the same way that Europeans, Africans and Asians are variations of humanity. After studying both Neanderthals and modern humans, Johns Hopkins anthropologist Christopher Ruff calculated that there were only trivial differences between Neanderthals and modern humans and that Neanderthals had, on average, bigger brains than modern humans (New Scientist February 6, 1999, p. 23). It is facts like these that has caused even evolutionists to now classify Neanderthals as true homo sapiens, in the same human family as the rest of us.
A recent find in Portugal has furthered highlighted just how trivial the differences between Neanderthals and modern humans really were. A skeleton of a child found in Portugal shows features similar to both Neanderthals and modern humans (Discover August, 1999, p. 71). This skeleton is very similar to what would happen if a blond, blue eyed Swede had a baby with a dark skinned, curly haired Zulu. This combination would lead to some interesting genetic mixing, but all of the people involved would be fully human.
None of this should come as any surprise to those who understand the true history of the world. At Babel the families were scattered and isolated causing individual physical traits to become associated with specific families. But as different as these ethnic groups developed into over time, they were still all cousins, descendents of both Adam and Noah. Neanderthals were simply one or more of the families that had been scattered at Babel. Over time these families developed their own particular traits. For instance Neanderthals generally had short, stocky bodies, much like the Inuits and Lapps of today, body types associated with cold climates (Discover, August, 1999, p. 73). This fact is consistent with Neanderthal traits developing in the post-Flood world of the Ice Age.
As often happens when evolutionists distort the facts as they invent their stories, the truth eventually comes out. Neanderthals were not a "missing link" or some imaginary evolutionary dead end; they were simply a variety of ancient humans that either died out or blended back into the human mainstream over time.