There have been some recent articles about Neanderthals recently at PhysOrg, the latest being Neanderthal inheritance helped humans adapt to life outside of Africa. One excerpt should be enough:
As the ancestors of modern humans made their way out of Africa to other parts of the world many thousands of years ago, they met up and in some cases had children with other forms of humans, including the Neanderthals and Denisovans. Scientists know this because traces of those meetings remain in the human genome. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on November 10 find more evidence that those encounters have benefited humans over the years.
All told, the new study identifies 126 different places in the genome where genes inherited from those archaic humans remain at unusually high frequency in the genomes of modern humans around the world. We owe our long-lost hominid relatives for various traits, and especially those related to our immune systems and skin, the evidence shows.
The subject has captured the attention of the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. The title of their article is Stop Calling Neanderthals ‘Not-Quite-Human Creatures’!. It was written by Elizabeth Mitchell, a creationist gynecologist. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Though Bible-believing creationists were not surprised, a while back many were shocked to learn that Neanderthal genes and Denisovan genes were present in the genomes of many modern people. In fact, their genes have helped make many of us what we are today, medically speaking at least. The DNA inherited from archaic people groups affects the modern human’s immune system and vulnerability to certain diseases and even the high-altitude tolerance of Tibetans.
Although they ain’t no kin to no monkey, creationists aren’t bothered by being related to Neanderthals. Why? The creationist gynecologist says:
USA Today recently reported on the latest confirmation of the widespread and useful nature of our archaic genetic inheritance.
She uses a newspaper article to explain the research, and tells us:
Sadly, the USA Today writer perpetuates the notion that the Neanderthal and Denisovans in our past are something less than human. She calls them “these not-quite-human creatures.” This evolutionary notion is incorrect. If Neanderthals and Denisovans had not been human, they would not have been able to produce children with early modern humans. Furthermore, though no Denisovan archaeological sites have yet been discovered, the more we learn about Neanderthals from archaeology, the more it is plain that Neanderthals were fully human, not some sort of high-end ape-men.
Aha — the “evolutionary notion” is incorrect. She continues:
Most of us do not appreciate having our ancestors demeaned and insulted. On a broader scale this should be true of our attitude toward the archaic humans in modern man’s past. These valuable bits of DNA many modern humans carry around came from people of the same created kind as Adam and Eve and ourselves. They were fully human. Furthermore, because Neanderthal DNA, Denisovan DNA, and modern human DNA is all human DNA, it is clear that no molecules-to-man evolution was involved in passing on their genes to us.
Yes, it’s clear. Hold on, it gets better:
Actually these discoveries about the importance of archaic human genes in the make-up of moderns — when stripped of the evolutionarily derived dates and evolutionary assumptions about the origin of man [Hee hee!] — actually support the biblical history of our common descent from Adam and later from the people that dispersed from the Tower of Babel.
The evidence always supports Genesis — because it’s The Truth™! Let’s read on:
From the biblical account of history, we understand that Neanderthals, Denisovans, and early modern humans were not sundry evolutionary products — a position neither biblical history nor experimental biology supports.
She’s right — you can’t experimentally evolve a Neanderthal in the lab. Another excerpt:
They could only be the descendants of people who dispersed from the Tower of Babel sometime after the global Flood of Noah’s day. Some isolated groups of people would have developed distinguishing traits, but all were still human.
It makes perfect sense! Near the end she makes an urgent plea for tolerance:
It’s time to stop giving evolution the credit for our existence and our survival. And it’s also time to stop, in this time-lapse “prehistoric” prejudice, calling other people who were made as much in the image of God as ourselves “not-quite-human.”
Aren’t you ashamed of your evolutionary prejudice, dear reader? Well then, as the creationist gynecologist says, it’s time to stop!
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