A popular news item was trending this week on Facebook involving Neanderthals. Headlines declared things like “Neanderthals and humans interbred ‘100,000 years ago.’” Really, the idea that Neanderthals and humans share DNA from “interbreeding” isn’t new—it’s been known and well documented for years. What’s different about this news item is the timeline. The 100,000-year date, according to evolutionists, pushes the date back another 40,000 years.
Now, as we’ve said many times before, Neanderthals were human. They used fire, buried their dead with rituals, wore jewelry, possibly wore make-up, and even organized and heated the water in their homes. They were humans, made in God’s image and descended from Adam and Eve just like us. Neanderthals simply represent a people group that formed after the dispersion at the Tower of Babel, after the Flood, just a few thousand (not hundreds of thousands) years ago. They had unique characteristics that likely became more prominent as they were isolated from other people by the divinely created language barrier. So it’s to be expected in a biblical worldview that modern humans and Neanderthals share DNA.
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