Stone Age Sailors

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on March 1, 2019

Humans crossed the ocean much earlier than researchers thought possible.

Researchers are shocked by recent evidence that human beings crossed the oceans intentionally and settled continents and distant islands early in human history, long before evolutionists previously believed possible.

Crossing the oceans requires technological skill, as well as abstract language to communicate technology and maneuver through raging seas. How did ancient man acquire those abilities?

The answer is obvious for Bible believers. The first man, Adam, was made in God’s image and gifted with language, speaking eloquently and abstractly from the first day he drew breath!

New Scientist reported some of the latest findings in “Stone Age Sailors” (June 2, 2018). For instance, some “ancient” human fossils in Spain are very similar to those in Africa, suggesting that they crossed the deep water. Several islands in Southeast Asia also have “old” human fossils and stone tools. Some of the fossils have been dated by evolutionary assumptions at more than one million years.

“Have humans been crossing seas for a million years?” That controversial idea is “rocking the boat,” the article says, because evolutionists assume these early humans had not evolved the necessary language and engineering skills. For example, to make a seaworthy bamboo raft—one of the most likely technologies to reach the Indonesian islands—they would have to cut dry bamboo. Stone tools are not up to this task. Indeed, recent efforts by “experimental archaeologists” to recreate simple rafts that could survive a short ocean journey have proved to be embarrassing failures.

If the secular researchers would accept what the Bible documents about human history, these findings would not cause a quandary. Noah’s family built a massive ark, and their descendants spread to the ends of the earth after Babel. Travel by boat was not an issue. Humans have always been extremely intelligent (though not always obedient) from the day God created them.

This article was taken from Answers magazine, September–October, 2018, pg 30.