Biblical creationists have long taught that Neandertals were fully human descendants of Noah who lived alongside other men during the post-Flood Ice Age.1
Recent evidence confirms this view. Fossilized Neandertal teeth from Belgium and Iraq have been found with grain starch on them.2 “Stone Age” grinding tools have also been discovered along with hundreds of starch grains in various stages of processing, from a variety of plants.3 It has also been determined that Neandertals made colorful jewelry out of seashells.4
What do these recent findings prove? First, Neandertal was fully human. Second, he is related to people living in Eurasia today. Third, "Neandertals" interbred with modern humans.”5 Therefore they cannot be distinguished as some kind of non-humans. They were not "Nendertals", they were fully human beings recently created in the image of God!
(excerpted from Brian Thomas, Identifying Neandertal Man, Acts & Facts March 2011, Institute for Creation Research)
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1. Morris, J. 1997. Is Neanderthal in Our Family Tree? Acts & Facts. 26 (9).
2. Said, S. Study: Neanderthals cooked, ate vegetables. CNN. Posted on cnn.com December 29, 2010, accessed January 11, 2011.
3. Revedin, A. et al. 2010. Thirty thousand-year-old evidence of plant food processing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 107 (44): 18815-18819.
4. Viegas, J. Prehistoric Jewelry Reveals Neanderthal Fashion Sense. Discovery News. Posted on news.discovery.com January 8, 2010, accessed January 13, 2010.
5. Sarfati, J. 2011. Corals, Genes, and Creation. Creation. 33 (1): 54