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» Yet Another Study Suggests Neanderthals were Fully Human

However, secular scientists continue to refer to Neanderthals as just a “relative” of ours.

Scientists are finding more evidence of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans and how this DNA has affected our health and behavior. Some human genomes today have been found with between 1.8 and 2.6 percent made up of Neanderthal DNA.

Previously it had been discovered that Neanderthal gene variants have had an effect on a variety of health problems in present-day humans. These problems include depression, heart attacks, nicotine addition and obesity.

Researchers though wanted to discover how Neanderthal DNA might be affecting non-disease traits in modern humans. Michael Dannemann, a biologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany and the lead author of a study investigating this question says, “Neanderthal DNA is one source of variation for many traits in modern humans.”

As one example, it appears that DNA from Neanderthals may have affected hair color, skin color and the tendency to tan in humans today. Some Neanderthal gene variants have been linked to lighter skin tones and hair color while others have been associated with darker ones. “These findings suggest that Neanderthals might have differed in their hair and skin tones, much as people now do,” Dannemann said.

Other Neanderthal gene variants have been linked to the tendency to smoke in some humans while still other variants seem to be present more frequently in people who are “night owls.”

“This work and future work will help us understand what Neanderthals contributed to variation in modern humans, and perhaps in the future also let us learn more about Neanderthals,” Dannemann said.

Comment: Traditional definitions for the term “species” have included the idea that creatures which can successfully mate with each other must be members of the same species. It can no longer be denied that Neanderthals interbred with so-called “modern humans.” 

However, mainstream scientists continue to have a hard time admitting that Neanderthals were the same species as us. That idea conflicts with their evolutionary beliefs. They continue to refer to Neanderthals as merely our “relatives” rather than as “us.“ Yet, what is the reason for keeping Neanderthals outside the human family? In addition to the studies finding Neanderthal DNA in humans today, evidence suggests Neanderthals engaged in such activities as creating jewelry, wearing make-up, sailing, burying their dead, cooking their food, and making their own tools.

Secular scientists want to believe there once were many human species, but they admit there is only one human species around today. Despite some notable differences in appearance, habits, and even some health conditions among humans in the modern world, there is just one human species. So, it is not accurate to speak of human “races” today because “race“ can be a synonym for “species.” It is more appropriate to use a term such as “people groups” when referring to Asians, Africans, Caucasians, etc.

None of these discoveries by scientists should be surprising to Bible-believing Christians. The book of Genesis refers to the creation by God of only one pair of humans. Therefore, down through the years, every creature must have been either a 100% human descended from Adam and Eve or an animal. There is no room in the Bible for a part-human, pre-human, human ancestor, or human relative. Also, there is no justification for referring to a human as “just another animal.”

St. Paul confirms this understanding when he writes in 1 Corinthians 15:39: “Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.”

Jesus came into the world to die for and take away the sins of those with human flesh. Therefore, Jesus died for Neanderthals too. We will likely meet them in heaven if any of them were believers in the Messiah. 

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people” (Romans 5:18).

Reference: Charles Q. Choi , “Neanderthal Genes Influence A Lot More Of Our Behavior Than We Realize,” LiveScience/Huff post [10/18/2017]. (Illustration from Wikimedia Commons, by Charles R. Knight.)

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

On average, how many earthworms can be found on one acre of land?

About 1 million. And a single worm can digest around 36 tons of soil a year.

Source: ‘Creation on Display,” Answers [July-August, 2017], page 24.

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About Me--Warren Krug The Editor
Decades ago I attended a so-called Lutheran university where I could have lost my faith. The science professors promoted the theory of evolution and made fun of anybody who believed in the account of creation as presented in the book of Genesis. Thanks be to God, some creationist literature and the Bible soon helped get me back on the right track. Ever since then I have taken an active interest in the creation/evolution controversy.

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