As you know if you read Hambo and His Neanderthal Relatives, which we wrote a few months ago, Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else — claims:
Neanderthals were a human variety, descended from Adam and Eve, through Noah and his sons, and eventually died out.
He continues that theme in the newest post at Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Did Neanderthals Live Violent Lives? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Neanderthals have long been considered our evolutionary cousins and are usually portrayed as brutish and uncivilized as shown in some kids’ TV programs. But this view has consistently been shown to be wrong. We now know Neanderthals wore jewelry and makeup, made instruments and tools, and more.
They could have been brutes who wore makeup. Anyway, Hambo says:
Of course, this is exactly what we’d expect starting with God’s Word, which teaches humans are all one race.
No, it just mentions Adam & Eve, the authors of Genesis being unaware of anything else. Hambo continues:
Neanderthals simply reflect the incredibly variety within humans. And with yet another study, another evolutionary idea about Neanderthals bites the dust.
Hambo links to this article in Science News: Skull damage suggests Neandertals led no more violent lives than humans. He tells us:
Due to many Neanderthal fossils with head injuries, evolutionary scientists have long believed Neanderthals lived very dangerous lives and were frequently injured due to fights, cave bear attacks, and hunting accidents. But this new study shows that other humans [Hee hee!] living at the same time had a similar number of head injuries.
Those were difficult times. Lots of head-bonking. He continues:
Therefore, it appears their lives were no more violent than the lives of what they call early modern Europeans (peoples who lived after Babel, just like Neanderthals). [Yeah, right!] After all, human nature has always been the same — permeated by sin!
The article in Science News doesn’t mention sin. And somehow, Hambo makes no reference to the article’s statement that Neandertals [their spelling] inhabited Europe and Asia between around 400,000 and 40,000 years ago. He ends his brief post with this:
Contrary to popular opinion, Neanderthals were not backwards brutes that were less evolved than us. They were fully human [Like Hambo], made in the image of God. Time and time again, what we observe in the world confirms what we expect starting with God’s Word.
And what do we learn from this, dear reader? We learn that if you refer to Neanderthals as pre-human, you’re insulting Hambo, because he considers himself to be much closer to the Neanderthals than that. And he’s equally certain that he ain’t no kin to no monkey.
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