Being a Young Earth Creationist (YEC), I have tended to view
Neanderthals as a highly diverged race of humans. There is very little evidence
to suggest that they are anything other than this.
But one thing that I had never considered before, is the
thesis explained by the author of this video; that the collection of skeletons
known as Neanderthal were actually highly intelligent, bipedal apes.
Of course this would not be a surprising revelation to any
evolutionist, but how would this fit into a YEC theory? The bottom line is that
there is no reason why God would not
have created a highly intelligent species of ape that fully aligns with what
the author of the video describes. This animal would certainly have been given
safe passage by Noah on the Ark during the
Global Flood, a
nd flourished afterwards in the frigid ice age continent ofEurope.
The only thing in this video that I couldn’t take seriously
was the claim that the vastly distinct Neanderthals were mating/raping human
females resulting in healthy offspring.
If there is anything that we know for sure in biology it is
that different types of animals that have been totally separated for tens, or
hundreds, of thousands of years CAN NOT produce viable offspring. This just
does not happen.
The reason why the author suggested that humans and
Neanderthals have mated in the past is because that DNA of Neanderthals closely aligns with humans. This fact,
coupled with their virtually identical physiology of modern human, is what
leads YECs to assume that the two are only different races of humans.
So is he right? The only thing that we can know for certain
is that nothing is certain! As contradictory as this sounds, it is true.
Skeletons tell us very little about the functioning of the organism. The whole farce
with the coelacanth should serve as an important lesson.
True or not, I can appreciate the author thinking outside
the box. It is certainly a very exciting thesis!