A hundred years ago, Scientists discovered a cave in which they found bones and thousands of other small items such as eagle talons carved into jewelry. The bones were classified as “Neanderthal” bones, which excited not a few Scientists to the point of gasps and vocal “wows”, and the whole lot of the items from the cave was preserved and held in the Croatian Natural History Museum in Zagreb. One of the items was a small, seemingly uninteresting rock that no one really gave a second thought to. Until now.
The rock did not just happen to be in the same cave as the rest of the items, but, Scientists confirm now that the reason why the rock was there is because beyond the shadow of a Christian’s doubt, it was one of the Neanderthals who collected the thing while hiking, bringing it back to the cave with him, and went ahead and died next to it in the same cave.
The Study’s abstract tells us:
“An international research team that includes Davorka Radovčić, Croatian Natural History Museum, curator, and David Frayer, University of Kansas, professor emeritus of anthropology, discovered a limestone rock recovered from the Krapina Neanderthal site didn’t belong in the cave and was evidence a Neanderthal collected it 130,000 years ago.”
As our friends at Science Daily tell us, “the original archaeologists apparently did nothing more with the rock other than to collect it.” Troubling, considering that they are Scientists endowed with humanity’s highest trust that they are actually doing the work that they say they are doing. Obviously, a rock discovered in a cave needs to be thoroughly scienced, not just collected like a commoner. Here we are now, a hundred years later, and Curators from the Croatian Museum who were now thoroughly spooked out of their wits staring at the same man-made Neanderthal creep statues in the display exhibit by the restrooms for forty years, decided to take a closer look at the rock.
Science Daily tells us what Frayer says about this rock: “If we were walking and picked up this rock, we would have taken it home. It is an interesting rock.”
Are you kidding me? What were those original Scientists thinking? Can we even call them Scientists any longer? They cataloged that rock under “Uninteresting”, and boy have we paid the price. The implications from the fact that the rock is actually interesting are astounding. Not that we could figure them out on our own, but the Science Team went to work and what they came up with is simply remarkable.
Frayer tells us via Science Daily, “Neanderthals were capable — on their own — of incorporating symbolic objects into their culture.”
See? A hundred years of lazy Science prevented us from knowing that. The collected rock is a symbolic object of culture.
Years of educational and professional publications have reinforced the view that evolution, being fact, clearly teaches us that the further back along the historical timeline one goes, humans will be generally dumber and less and less like us. First, you start with the Dark Ages, a little more than 500 years ago, when humans were pretty dumb as they were yet living in the pre-Science era (you can thank ScienceIsKing.com‘s patron, Francis Bacon, for evolving us out of that darkness). Then, further back, you have the really foolish early Christian ages. Prior to that a glimmer of hope with the not-as-stupid Romans and pretty-smart Greeks, but then, you start to devolve heavily into really dumb early human eras. Hardly anything good came from these early human stages. And in fact, when you start making the leaps from these early modern humans to pre-modern humanoids, you are experiencing a step backward in the evolutionary chain towards an ancestor shared with modern apes. Not that apes are dumb. They are very close to being just like us, save only a relatively few minor protein pairs in the double helix.
So, we were under the impression, given that Science has impressed us for so many years, that Neanderthals were dumber than us, and devoid of any aesthetic feelings nor anything that could be called “culture”. But, Science changes when it discovers itself to be wrong, which is why Science is always right. As it turns out, Neanderthals did have feelings and culture. How do we know? Frayer explains: “We know that at this [excavation] site they [the Neanderthals] collected eagle talons and they collected this rock.” First the eagle talons, and now this interesting rock. What more evidence do we need? “At other sites, researchers have found they collected shells and used pigments on shells.” Oh. My. These guys are just an early version of my eighth grade friend Frankie who had a whole wall of eagle talons, a substantial rock collection and a sister who painted seashells.
Frayer continued, “There’s a little bit of evidence out there to suggest that they weren’t the big, dumb creatures that everybody thinks they were.” OK, well, we appreciate that. After all, it was Science that taught us that Neanderthals were big, dumb creatures so, it is to be expected that everyone thinks that. But we are obliged to this more recent study, via the interesting rock, that teaches us that they were not big, dumb creatures at all. They were more like us! They collected rocks and eagle talons, made jewelry, had culture and feelings, and liked to go hiking. It seems the more we learn about them, the less they seem like ancestors from hundreds of thousands of years ago, and the more it seems like we are stumbling upon the remains of dead humans from 2,000 year ago. But, obviously, they are much, much older than that. There would be no reason to question evolutionary theory regarding humans, or the expansive age that we give to these discoveries, just because what we find there looks like human culture and behavior. We must remember that these “people” were Neanderthals, and they are part of evolution, and we need to categorize them so in order to keep the truth true.
The Research Team posited that the Neanderthal man found the rock several miles north of the cave, where they knew there are “outcrops of biopelmicritic grey limestone.” When asked what that b word meant, Frayer told us to “look it up.”
Here is an actual photograph from the research study of the “interesting rock.” We could not agree more. How interesting!