“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
In previous Creation Moments, we have discussed the ideas evolutionists have about interbreeding between emerging modern humans, migrating out of Africa, and Neanderthal people. We have commented that we do not accept the evolutionary paradigm that labels Neanderthals as separate from, or even inferior to, modern humans. We suggest that they were all human, and hence all descended from Adam.
Evolutionists postulate another group of subhumans, called Denisovans. These, they believe, lived in East Asia and Oceania. A recent evolutionary study, published in the journal Cell, suggests that Denisovens interbred with migrating Homo Sapiens on two occasions, giving rise to certain genetic features of East Asians, and of Oceanians, such as Papuans and Australian Aborigienes.
Bones of these people were discovered in the Denisova Cave, in the Altai Mountains of Siberia. Scientists have studied mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) from a finger discovered in the cave. These studies have led evolutionists to conclude that there is a distinction between mDNA in modern humans and Denisovans. Nevertheless, they suggest that Aboriginals share 5% of this mDNA with homo sapiens sapiens.
When one looks at reproductions of Neanderthals or Denisovans, it is interesting to imagine what you would think if you saw such a person in the street, wearing modern clothes. In fact, given the large variety of human facial features, you would not recognize a Neanderthal or Denisovan as any different from any other human. Once again, this is because there is no significant difference. All three groups were human, and hence all descended from Adam and Eve.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the large variety of people, with which You have populated this world. Thank You that we are all related through Adam, and hence can all be saved through the Last Adam, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Ref: Cell Press. “Modern humans interbred with Denisovans twice in history.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 March 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180315140718.htm>. Image: Thilo Parg / Wikimedia Commons, License: CC BY-SA 3.0.