Just a few short years ago, National Geographic proudly announced, “Neandertals Not Our Ancestors.” At that time, DNA studies concluded, “it is unlikely that Neandertals contributed to the current European gene pool.” In other words, Neandertals were an evolutionary dead end. They were cousins to modern humans just like chimps are – except that chimps have survived and Neandertals went extinct. Creationists, on the other hand, reject the theory of evolution outright. We reject, for example, any notion that chimps are related to humans. However, in spite of the evolutionary claims to the contrary, creationists have insisted that Neadertals are humans; They are descendants of Adam and therefore are our brothers.
It looks like some evolutionists might be coming around to our way of thinking. Again quoting National Geographic, “According to a new DNA study, most humans have a little Neanderthal in them—at least 1 to 4 percent of a person's genetic makeup. ”
Now, there are some evolutionists who have suspected all along that humans and Neandertals interbred. In light of this new study, they feel “vindicated.” Um, hold your horses there. In light of this new study, I feel vindicated too! Creationists "predicted" that Neandertals were fully human and this new study seems to support that.
Don't get too excited about this news, however. Like any other piece of information, we must be skeptical about it. Only God's word is absolutely true, everything else is suspicious. We already know that humans did not evolve from non-humans and need not wait for “science” to confirm that. Besides, evolutionary theory is a fickle thing. On one day, the headlines show that DNA studies prove we aren't descended from Neandertals and on another day we are. So which is it? It doesn't matter a whit to evolution. Everything that we currently understand about evolution could someday be shown to be wrong but the theory itself will continue. Check out some of these other headlines from National Geographic:
Documentary Redraws Human's Family Tree
Java Skull Raises Questions on Human Family Tree
Controversy Over Famed Ancient Skull: Ape or Human?
Skull Fossil Challenges Out-of-Africa Theory
Do you see what I mean? One day a skull is supposedly a human ancestor and later it's not. Maybe all humans originated from Africa or maybe we didn't. The family tree drawn in public school science books one year is redrawn in the books next year. What were once scientific “facts” become replaced with all new “facts.” I guess they never were "facts" then, were they? It makes me wonder how many facts about evolution have to be discarded before some people decide to discard the “fact” of evolution.