An article from Reuters news service in 2007 revealed evidence which showed Neanderthals migrating into Siberia—much further from their European roots than previously thought. You can find at least one new article every month about how previous assumptions were wrong and Neanderthals are not as “primitive” as scientists once thought. They are edging ever closer to modern humans. That is because THEY ARE! Let’s review (again). In 1856 Rudolf Virchow examined the very first Neanderthal skull. He determined (with mid-19th century science and equipment) that it was a modern human afflicted with rickets and osteoporosis. A 1958 study (over 100 years later) verified this result and added arthritis to the specimen’s likely ailments. The foremost authority on Neanderthals (Erik Trinkaus) determined in 1978 that Neanderthals are in NO WAY INFERIOR to modern humans. Yet, the stooped, grunting caveman cartoon persists. Svante Paabo (the researcher in the Reuters article) said, “They are our [modern humans’] closest relatives. If you saw one in the street, he or she would strike you as very robust and muscular, with a big brow ridge…but they had just as big a brain as we have” Have you ever seen a person with a big forehead and bad posture and immediately assumed he was another species or some sort of sub-human? Neanderthals are examples of the tremendous genetic variety God designed into human beings. He did this in just the way He plainly says He did in Genesis.
Dunham, Will. “Neanderthals trekked into Siberia.” Reuters: News in Science 2/10/07