Evolution and humans: Neanderthal lungs larger (Evolution)

by David Turell @, Thursday, November 01, 2018, 17:59 (1611 days ago) @ dhw

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.

dhw: 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?

You always attempt to minimize my theory about the appearance of humans by simply referring to one organ. The entire human body is a major reconstruction of the basic ape form. Please recognize that major point! The Neanderthal phenotype is different than ours and only one of several types of humans that appeared most like under God's guidance. I don't know if God preferred one over the other when He started the evolution of each type.

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