“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.”
We have often used our Creation Moments broadcast to talk about how Neanderthal people were not primitive subhuman cavemen, as popular-style evolutionary documentaries show. Instead, they were actually fully human – and the evidence for this is so conclusive that even serious evolutionists accept the fact today. An excellent, recent article in Creation magazine by Robert Carter and Lita Cosner gathered together a considerable amount of information that should help us see Neanderthal people in an altogether different light.
It appears that Neanderthals cooked. They didn’t just eat raw or burnt meat. It appears that food remains were seasoned with herbs. They also used nuts and legumes, among other plant-based edibles. Perhaps they were familiar with the Keto Diet!
Those interested in natural remedies often recommend using certain tree barks as an infusion or just chewed, as a painkiller. This is because such barks – I use willow bark – are a source of salicylic acid, which is closely related to aspirin. It has even been found that Neanderthals consumed the mold penicillium, which we now know produces the well-known antibiotic penicillin.
Their clothing included furs, required to combat European conditions during the post-Flood Ice Age. But they also seemed to wear pendants and other jewelry.
Cosner and Carter’s article gives links to scientific papers on these and other civilizing traits attributed to Neanderthals. Their article ends by reminding us that Neanderthals, being human, were descended from Adam through Noah, just as we are.
Prayer: Your word tells us, Lord, that You made all people from one man. You also sent one man – Your only begotten Son, Jesus – to be our Redeemer, to bring us back to You. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Cosner, L. and Carter, R., The Sophisticated Neandertal, Creation 42(1) 2020, pp. 12-13. Image: Neanderthal in a Business Suit, CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic.
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