Category Archives: Common Descent

Neanderthal DNA in humans has medical & theological implications

 

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The sequencing of the human genome provided an enormous new volume of evidence for common ancestry.  Sequencing of other species has strengthened the case.  Most remarkably we have now sequenced Neanderthals and Denisovans DNA.  Non Africans today have 1-2% Neanderthal DNA, the variation in spread of this DNA itself is evidential.  Furthermore this DNA has direct positive and negative health consequences.  Fascinating.  And impossible to reconcile with a traditional literal reading of Gen 1-3.  We can ignore it, get angry about it (& those who point this out) or deal with it.  Below is an article detailing the situation as at May 2016. Continue reading

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Evidence of continuous Aboriginal heritage

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Lead archaeologist Peter Veth excavating a rich layer of dietary remains and artefacts below the surface of Boodie Cave

This comprehensive article provides yet more painful evidence of the need to revisit the literalist assumptions about Gen 1-3.  C14 dating plus luminescence dating cross checked in multiple laboratories demonstrates a site in use in Australia from 43,000 years ago until just 6,800 years ago.  The article also references many other studies and articles on ancient Australian aboriginal sites.

This cannot be reconciled to the narrow reading of Gen 1-3.  It is not a conspiracy.  Its not evolution.  Its physics, genetics, archaeology and geology.  Sorry.

Archaeology proves we can read the Bible wrong

mount-borradaile-art-5Evolution is irrelevant – what is critical is the theological implications arising from it.  However the science of evolution is not the only problem for literalists.  Archaeology is usually welcomed by our community as providing evidence for Biblical accounts of history, from the existence of Babylon to the details of Jericho’s construction.  However archaeology provides ample evidence that many people have existed continuously over tens of thousands of years. Continue reading

Medical reality & cheetahs disprove literalism

The practice of modern medicine in first world countries unfortunately disproves the literalist’s approach to Genesis 1-3.  This is true in a number of spaces (including obviously DNA, the number of blood types being greater than could have mutated from 2 people 6,000 years ago etc) however let’s pick one.  Organ donation.  An amazing life saving innovation.  Successful organ transplants require strong anti-rejection drugs because the body recognises the implanted organ as foreign.  This demonstrates the literalist approach to Gen 1-3 is wrong. Continue reading

Some simple DNA issues

The explosion of knowledge resulting from our ability to now investigate DNA has provided a wealth of evidence – all of which points away from the literalist’s reading of Genesis 1-3.  From the pedestrian DNA chain of humans, the distribution of genetic diversity – even your ability to tolerate milk all demonstrate God has worked in more mysterious ways than we thought. Continue reading

Disease loads – 2 people won’t do

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Obligate pathogens and obligate parasites are an unpleasant part of reality.  They can only exist within (currently) living host entities.

A literal Adam and Eve (with no other humans in existence) must have been very sick dealing with hookworms, tapeworms, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, whooping cough, syphilis, pneumonia, malaria, dysentery, louse, polio, meningococcal, trichomoniasis, measles {refer note below for a correction}, viral hepatitis, smallpox and many others.  Plus lice – everywhere.  I’m not a doctor and don’t know where to go to get a full list of human specific obligate nasties.  The previous lot was just a few I found. Continue reading

DNA unquestionably links us to ancient remains

Increasing evidence is emerging as DNA sequencing becomes faster and more viable, that fossilised early humans were in fact just like us – not some alternative species.

Researchers have studied ancient DNA from anatomically modern Homo sapiens from Europe dating to the same time period as the Neanderthals.  Material from two Paglicci Cave, Italy individuals, dated to 23,000 and 25,000 years old, was sequenced.  The Paglicci Homo sapiens mtDNA sequences were different from all Neanderthal mtDNA sequences but were within the range of variation for modern human mtDNA sequences (Caramelli et al. 2003).  Mitochondrial DNA from the Paglicci specimens as well as other ancient humans fit within the range of modern humans, but the Neanderthals remain consistently genetically distinct.  This shows that early anatomically modern Homo sapiens were not very different genetically from current modern humans, but were still different from Neanderthals.[1]  Continue reading