Darwinists employed the same technique they used with Australopithecus for the Neanderthals, an extinct human race.
Neanderthal Man entered the scientific literature with the discovery in 1856 of fossils in the Neander Valley near the German city of Düsseldorf. The curvatures in its skull and bones led it being regarded by evolutionists as a supposed primitive human species.
In 1908 an almost complete skeleton described as belonging to Neanderthal Man was found in the French region of La Chapelle-aux-Saints. The bones re re-assembled by the famous paleontologist and geologist of the time Marcellin Boule.
The Neanderthal Man that emerged from this re-assembly had a stooped posture and a protruding skull. Its legs were also locked at the joints, meaning it lacked a fully upright posture.
Thanks to this appearance, the impression formed in people’s minds that Neanderthal Man was a primitive being. Neanderthals were also depicted as ape-men in fictitious illustrations.
This false impression of the Neanderthals lasted for 100 years. But analysis of the La Chapelle skeleton in the 1950s determined that the Neanderthal to whom it belonged had a kind of joint infection. Healthy individuals were in fact able to walk just like normal human beings.
In 1985 the same skeleton was examined by the anthropologist Erik Trinkhaus. That examination confirmed that Neanderthals walked upright and revealed another fact that had hitherto remained hidden: Marcellin Boule had deliberately portrayed Neanderthal as being stooped. 1 The joint disorder identified in the 1950s was no obstacle to the individual walking upright. It appeared that the Darwinist Boule was unwilling to admit that the Neanderthal walked like a normal human being.
E. Trinkaus and W. W. Howells made the following statement in Scientific American magazine:
Today most scientists agree that Neanderthal Man stood fully upright and that in the absence of disease, its features are no different than modern humans. 2
Meanwhile, the size of the Neanderthal skull also forced evolutionists into inconsistency. The reason was that Neanderthals had a skull volume of around 1700 cc. This is 200cc more of the volume of today’s human beings’. The fact that Neanderthals, supposedly a “primitive” species, had a greater brain volume than Homo sapiens represented a huge contradiction for the theory of evolution.
The Neanderthal expert Erik Trinkhaus admits:
Detailed comparisons of Neanderthal skeletal remains with those of modern humans have shown that there is nothing in Neanderthal anatomy that conclusively indicates locomotor, manipulative, intellectual, or linguistic abilities inferior to those of modern humans. 3
There is no doubt that because the Neanderthals were a human race they possessed the same features as modern races. Neanderthal Man was a talented maker of tools and a skilled hunter. He even engaged in music and art. They had a cultural and social structure, just like societies today, and had religious beliefs. 4 The civilization established by the Neanderthals was therefore no different to present-day civilizations.
Something else about the Neanderthals that represent an insuperable dilemma for Darwinists is the problem of dating. Fossils discovered show that Neanderthals were living at the same time as modern human beings and that in some circumstances THEY WERE EVEN LIVING AFTERWARDS. Evolutionist biologist Francisco J. Ayala from the University of California admits:
A few years ago, they [Neandertals] were thought to be ancestral to anatomically modern humans, but now we know that modern humans appeared at least 100,000 years ago, much before the disappearance of the Neandertals. Moreover, in caves in the Middle East, fossils of modern humans have been found dated 120,000-100,000 years ago, as well as Neandertals dated at 60,000 and 70,000 years ago, followed again by modern humans dated at 40,000 years ago. It is unclear whether the two forms repeatedly replaced one another by migration from other regions, or whether they coexisted in some areas. 5
The Neanderthals, tried to offered as a so-called ape-like ancestor of man are therefore actually an extinct human race. In the same way that modern-day humans possess different features unique to their own races, so the Neanderthals also had their own unique characteristics. It is a huge fraud to use these as evidence for evolution. Indeed, the Neanderthal man fossil was removed from the scientific literature in 1978. But the Neanderthals still appear in Darwinist references as if they represented great evidence of evolution.
The aim behind the speculations about Neanderthal Man that is still going on in some evolutionist publications is to influence and mislead people who are ignorant of the true facts about the Neanderthals and who are unaware that they were a transitional form that has been scientifically discredited. It is therefore of the greatest importance is to raise the true facts about Australopithecus and the Neanderthals and to put an end to Darwinist deception.
1 Trinkhaus, Erik (1985) Pathology and the posture of the La Chappelle-aux-Saints Neanderthal. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Vol. 67 sf. 19-41.
1 E. Trunkaus – W. W. Howells, Scientific American, 241(6):118 (1979) – Nicholas Comninellis, Creative Defense, Evidence Against Evolution, Master Books, 2001, s. 195
3 Erik Trinkaus, “Hard Times Among the Neanderthals”, Natural History, cilt 87, Aralik 1978, s. 10.
4 Nicholas Comninellis, Creative Defense, Evidence Against Evolution, Master Books, 2001, s. 194
5 Francisco J. Ayala, Darwin and Intelligent Design, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 2006, s.45