What do we know? Well, we know what the science establishment has told us, that’s what. So when we read, “Revolutionary discoveries in archaeology show that the species long maligned as knuckle-dragging brutes deserve a new place in the human story,” they seem to be making it clear that they don’t want us remembering that they were the ones maligning the Neanderthals. But why?
And so now:
A new body of research has emerged that’s transformed our image of Neanderthals. Through advances in archaeology, dating, genetics, biological anthropology and many related disciplines we now know that Neanderthals not only had bigger brains than sapiens, but also walked upright and had a greater lung capacity. These ice age Eurasians were skilled toolmakers and big-game hunters who lived in large social groups, built shelters, traded jewelry, wore clothing, ate plants and cooked them, and made sticky pitch to secure their spear points by heating birch bark. Evidence is mounting that Neanderthals had a complex language and even, given the care with which they buried their dead, some form of spirituality. And as the cave art in Spain demonstrates, these early settlers had the chutzpah to enter an unwelcoming underground environment, using fire to light the way. Franz Lidz, “What Do We Really Know About Neanderthals?” at Smithsonian Magazine
Kudos to them for starting to set the record straight. Never too late.
Previously, the science establishment spent a lot of time looking for the Darwinians’ subhumans. At all times, thin on the ground, it would seem. So they drafted the Neanderthals because, well, they were there. Now it seems, they have discharged them.
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See also: In any Darwinian scheme, someone must be the subhuman. Otherwise, there is no beginning to human history.
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