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Neanderthal is My Brother

Maybe you’ve seen humorous representations of “cavemen” in various ad campaigns. Why should we disrespect our ancestors is this way? The Bible tells us that we are all of “one blood” (Acts 17:26). During the Ice Age it made sense to live in caves.

 

The most famous cavemen were the Neanderthals. The historical account of the Tower of Babel found in Genesis tells us that all peoples, including Neanderthals, have a common origin. An update from the journal Archaeology provides evidence that Neanderthals and moderns interbred.

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Some Neanderthals had red hair. Neanderthals made wood structures covered with hide. They made javelins, a flute, body ornaments and used fire and spices for cooking. They even made a one mile deep underground structure without natural light.

 

The hyoid bone of Neanderthals, which is important in speech, is the same as the hyoid bone in moderns. Also their brains were bigger. There were also ritualistic burials with goat bones. Jack Cuozzo had the opportunity to x-ray some of the original Neanderthal skulls in Europe and found that they must have lived to the great old age of around 200 years!

 

The mitochondrial evidence that some claim puts the Neanderthals into a separate group actually falls within the range of modern genetic dispersion. Neanderthal is indeed my brother. If you are interested to find out how closely you are related to the Neanderthals, check out 23andMe.

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Written by Jay Hall

Jay Hall has been an origins activist since the 1970’s. Hall is Assistant Mathematics Professor at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas. He has an M.S. in Mathematics and has 53 credit hours of Science courses in various disciplines. He has written Calculus is Easy and his new book YES – Young Earth Science defends a young earth from History, Geology, Biology and Philosophy. Search yes jay hall on Google or Amazon to find the book.

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  1. The mitochondria DNA origin is from the sub-Saharan African female. So any relationship to the Neanderthal is way down the line through the mongoloid Asian DNA, and then to the Caucasian European.
    So I really wish that you got to get your information correct before the assumptions because original Neanderthal skeleton has turned out to be nothing but an old man with arthritis and no no no further Neanderthals has proven to be anything greater.
    You people should stop deluding yourself

  2. Thanks muchly for your helpful thoughts. The real question is are Neanderthals human? If so, Neanderthal is my brother. One dictionary defines my esteemed ancestor “Neanderthal” thus, “An extinct species of human that was widely distributed in ice-age Europe between c.120,000 and 35,000 years ago …”
    http://bit.ly/2C0JgzY

    Of course, humanity is one group since we are all Noachians (even Neanderthals) and I would question the dating above (our world is around 6K years old).

    Have you gone to 23andMe to discover your Neanderthal heritage?
    https://www.23andme.com/
    Most people have 1 to 4 percent DNA from their distant Neanderthal relatives:
    https://blog.23andme.com/ancestry/the-neanderthal-in-all-of-us/

    A number of books point out the humanity of Neanderthals:
    *The Neanderthals Rediscovered*
    https://www.amazon.com/Neanderthals-Rediscovered-Science-Rewriting-Revised/dp/0500292043
    *Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes*
    https://www.amazon.com/Neanderthal-Man-Search-Lost-Genomes/dp/0465054951
    *The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals Died Out and We Survived*
    https://www.amazon.com/Humans-Who-Went-Extinct-Neanderthals/dp/0199239193

    The Word talks about giants (1 Sam. 17:4) as well as individuals with 24 digits (2 Sam. 21:20). Our human family portrays a great variety instilled by the Master Artist. Norman Geisler concluded that, “Neanderthals had a larger brain capacity than modern man and evidence of religious ritual, characteristics normally associated with rational and moral beings. [1]

    Note:
    1) Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics by Norman Geisler, Baker Books, 1999, p. 490.

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