You’ve always wondered about Neanderthals, haven’t you? Well, today we’re going to answer your questions. This information comes from the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their post is titled Humans and Neanderthals More Similar Than Polar and Brown Bears.
It was written by Jeffrey P. Tomkins. At the end of his article we’re told: “Dr. Tomkins is Life Sciences Director at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his doctorate in genetics from Clemson University.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A study led by Oxford University researchers was recently published confirming that Neanderthals and humans were very genetically similar and interfertile. They were even closer than polar and brown bears are to each other, which are known to mate and produce viable offspring in the wild quite easily. Along with a plethora of previous DNA studies, this research further confirms [Brace yourself!] that Neanderthals were an ancient people group of the human family, descended from Noah’s three sons and their wives after the global Flood.
A footnote links to this paper in Proceedings of the Royal SocietyB: A mitochondrial genetic divergence proxy predicts the reproductive compatibility of mammalian hybrids. You can read it online without a subscription. The paper discusses many mammalian hybrids, but — prepare to be shocked — it doesn’t discuss the descent of Neanderthals from Noah’s sons. Anyway, Jeffrey says:
The analysis of matings between anatomically modern humans and their close archaic relatives, Neanderthals and Denisovans, has been increasingly demonstrated through the analysis of ancient DNA extracted from fossil bones and teeth over the past decade. However, many evolutionists have still claimed that modern humans and their archaic cousins were radically different and that their ability to breed and produce viable offspring was at the far edge of biological compatibility.
Then he tells us:
In this new study, the researchers developed a genetic distance metric to predict the fertility of the first generation of hybrid offspring between the mating of any two mammalian species. They did this by analyzing genetic sequence from different mammal species that were already known to produce viable hybrid offspring. By correlating genetic distance with offspring fertility, they showed that the greater the genetic distance, the less likely it would be that the offspring would be fertile. Then the researchers effectively used the genetic distance values to determine thresholds of fertility for various mammals.
When the genetic distance between humans, Neanderthals, and Denisovans was calculated, the values were even closer than those found between various animals that are known to readily and easily hybridize in the wild. This includes polar bears mating with brown bears and coyotes mating with wolves.
Quite so, and it appears that there were such hybrids. Jeffrey then leaps to his own conclusions:
These findings confirm that Neanderthals were nothing less than human [Really?] Creationists believe that they likely lived shortly after the global Flood [Hee hee!] since their remains are typically found in ritually buried graves in cave systems — not the global Flood sediments that end at the Neogene-Quaternary (N-Q) boundary at the top of the Cenozoic rock layers.
Another possible explanation for the cave burial of Neanderthals is that there never was a global flood — but Jeffrey doesn’t consider that. He concludes his brilliant article with this:
And not only is the DNA of Neanderthals identical to modern humans [Identical?], but the so-called “archaic traits” of a pronounced brow ridge and a sloping forehead can still be found in modern humans living today. [Especially creationists!] Once again, the facts of science confirm the scriptures — not the mythical fact-free story of human evolution.
Yes, dear reader, creation science once again proves that Darwinism is for fools!
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