Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Cavemen Made Porridge, Defying Evolutionary Expectations

Only smart artists could paint like this. Image courtesy of Rameessos, Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

Darwinian evolution inspired researchers to assume that human civilization must have evolved from very humble beginnings towards increasing sophistication.

The problem with this scenario is that the facts don’t support it. A recent study upsets the Darwinian palaeocart:

Going on the palaeo diet? Don’t put down your porridge just yet. Hunter-gatherers ate oats as far back as 32,000 years ago – way before farming took root,” New Scientist reports and then goes on to say:

"This is the earliest known human consumption of oats, say Marta Mariotti Lippi at the University of Florence in Italy and her colleagues, who made the discovery after analysing starch grains on an ancient stone grinding tool from southern Italy.”

While the date is suspect, the research suggests that the basic assumptions of Darwinian thinking were wrong.

Previous studies have shown that cavemen were surprisingly smart; they probably even invented the cinema.

They were talented artists and created sophisticated cave art.

Their weapons were anything but primitive, and as Göbekli Tepe shows, the assumed hunter-gatherers were skilled builders.

In other words, they conform nicely to the description Genesis gives of them.


Twaddell, Iona. 2015. Stone-age people were making porridge 32,000 years ago. New Scientist (7 September).