Evolution and humans: Neanderthal lungs larger (Evolution)

by dhw, Thursday, November 01, 2018, 11:15 (1941 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: It is not surprising to find anatomic differences between the species.

dhw: As you insist that your God stepped in to expand the brain and the skull and the birth canal of pre-humans, I’m a little surprised that you are not surprised by all the anatomical differences between species. Do you think your God stepped in to expand Neanderthal lungs, or could the cell communities themselves have responded to the needs of the time? And if your God’s purpose was to produce the brain of Homo sapiens, why bother with Neanderthals and their lungs in the first place (especially bearing in mind that they and sapiens were contemporaries)? Could it be that the various species and their anatomical differences simply evolved independently, responding to different environments or even responding differently to the same environments, without any divine dabbling?

DAVID: And just as possibly God had several approaches going on at the same time to explain the hobbits, the Denisovans, the Neanderthals and us.

So 1) Do you think he popped in to expand their lungs? And 2) Why bother with several approaches if, as you insist, his purpose was to produce the brain of Homo sapiens?

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