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So now the Neanderthals are “sophisticated”?

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At least at Creation.com, where they ask a very reasonable question: “Is The Flintstones a more accurate picture of Neandertals than evolutionary documentaries?”

When Neandertals got a headache or an infection, they could pull out their ‘first-aid kit’. It seems they used bark or buds from the poplar tree as a pain reliever. This contains salicylic acid, which was first isolated from willow tree bark, and is a precursor of aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). Poplars, aspens, and willows are in the same genus, Populus, but not all species contain salicylic acid. Neandertals would have needed a basic knowledge of botany to know which parts of which tree species contained the desired ingredient. They also consumed the antibiotic-producing mould Penicillium.

Neandertal remains also show evidence of medical procedures applied to crushed limbs, fractured skulls, and tooth abscesses. Many of these individuals survived these conditions, indicating that Neandertals gave their injured and sick effective medical care.

Lita Cosner and Robert Carter, “Is The Flintstones a more accurate picture of Neandertals than evolutionary documentaries?” at Creation.com

Some of us have said this before: The need to see the Neanderthals are “primitive” was born of a need find the “subhuman.” The Neanderthals exist only in European genomes so they are an easy target…

See also:

Neanderthal Man: The long-lost relative turns up again, this time with documents

and

A deep and abiding need for Neanderthals to be stupid. Why?

3 Replies to “So now the Neanderthals are “sophisticated”?

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    mahuna says:

    Neanderthals have the LOOK of crudity: if Hollywood needed a costume for a powerful but stupid character, he would look like a Neanderthal.
    And then the distinctive Neanderthal physiology disappeared in an ocean of Cro-Magnons.
    Ergo, Neanderthals SHOULD be more primitive INTELLECTUALLY than Cro-Magnons, who are identical to modern Europeans.

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    polistra says:

    Using medicines correctly is way beyond Flintstones. It’s even FARTHER beyond the bizarrely superstitious perfect REVERSAL of medicine in the allegedly “modern” western world. If someone discovered that willow bark helped with pain and inflammation, we’d burn all the willow trees to purify the world of “conspiracy theories”, because everyone knows that pain and inflammation never existed.

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    bb says:

    Neanderthal raised a question for me about the effectiveness of Natural Selection. I read an abstract a year ago that suggested he had the genes for diabetes. I can’t find the paper now, but Live Science reports it here: https://www.livescience.com/42278-neanderthal-gene-explains-type-2-diabetes.html

    How effective can Natural Selection be if this defective trait, which was deadly for most of history, not only wasn’t selected out, but is increasing in the human population? Contrary to Darwin, it seems deleterious mutations are readily passed on with very little obstruction by selection.

    Does Mendelian genetics work against Darwin? Deleterious mutations are sure to be passed on when not expressed. Is this why Natural Selection is a weak mechanism?

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