Post-Flood man continues to become smarter

By Michael J Oard

In the evolutionary scheme, man evolved from an ape-like ancestor and slowly increased in intelligence and technical ability from the ‘Paleolithic’, through the ‘Mesolithic’, and into the ‘Neolithic’ over a few million years.1 However, further discoveries in archeology are showing that ancient man of the Pleistocene and Holocene (the past 10,000 years), assuming the evolutionary/uniformitarian scheme of earth history, is becoming more intelligent.2

‘Early man’ could build and navigate boats on the seas

For instance, evolutionists have assumed Paleolithic people lacked cognitive and technological means to build boats. However, the recent discovery of stone tools, assuming these stone objects were really fashioned by humans and not caused by natural processes, from an archeological survey on the Greek island of Crete challenges this view—clear back to the early Paleolithic.3,4 Archeologists had previously thought that Crete had not been colonized by humans until the late Neolithic period.2 This conclusion was mainly deduced from the belief that Crete has been separated from the mainland for 5–6 Ma, and so for Paleolithic man to reach Crete he needed boats.

Paleolithic remains on other Mediterranean Sea islands reinforce the conclusion that Paleolithic man could use boats.5 Paleolithic sites in Spain also suggest that early man crossed the Gibraltar Strait.5 All these discoveries or deductions mean that early people, including probably Neandertals and Homo erectus, built boats and could navigate the seas and were much more intelligent than evolutionists have given them credit.

The ability of early man to build boats is also reinforced by the arrival of humans (thought to be Homo erectus) about a million years ago in the evolutionary scheme on Indonesia’s Flores Island, which must have been by boat.6 Also, pre-Neolithic people made it to Australia by at least 50,000 years ago.6

Man could make spear points 200,000 years earlier

Archeologists working in South Africa have recently unearthed spear tips that are claimed to be 500,000 years old.7,8 The deduction was based on the modification and damage on stone points consistent with having been attached to spear handles. This extends the ability to make stonetipped spears by 200,000 years. The use of wooden spears, found among the remains of butchered horses in Germany, had already pushed back the use of spears to 400,000 years.

Earliest evidence of the use of poisoned arrows and beeswax

Another South African cave has produced organic human artifacts claimed to be 44,000 years old.9,10

These artifacts include evidence of the oldest use of poisoned arrows for hunting and the use of beeswax. It is also interesting that the artifacts are nearly identical to those still in use by the Bushmen of southern Africa. cheese

The making of cheese pushed back 3,000 years

The processing of milk, especially the production of cheese, is considered a technically complex process and is considered a critical development in the ‘evolution’ of man that came very late in human evolution. The finding in northwest Anatolia of abundant milk residues on pottery from the 6th millennium BC and potsherds pierced with small holes with abundant milk fat, very likely used for making cheese, has pushed back milk processing 3,000 years in the evolutionary scheme.11


It is likely that all of these archeological sites represent post-Flood man. The pushing back in ‘evolutionary time’ of man’s abilities means that post-Flood man was more intelligent than evolutionists believe, more and more supporting the belief that man was always intelligent and never evolved from some ape-like creature.

References and notes

  1. The Paleolithic is an archeological period that essentially occurs in the Pleistocene between 2.6 Ma and 10,000–20,000 years ago within the evolutionary timescale. The Mesolithic is generally the time between the Paleolithic and the Neolithic, the later of which generally extends from 10,000–2,000 BC. Return to text.
  2. Oard, M.J., Post-Flood man is becoming smarter and more human J. Creation 26(1):3-4, 2012. Return to text.
  3. Simmons, A., Mediterranean island voyages, Science 338(6109):895–897, 2012 | DOI: 10.1126/science.1228880. Return to text.
  4. Strasser, T.F., Runnels, C., Wegmann, K., Panagopoulou, E., McCoy, F., Digregorio, C., Karkanas, P. and Thompson, N., Dating Palaeolithic sites in southwest Crete, Greece, J. Quaternary Science 26(5):553–560, 2011. Return to text.
  5. Strasser et al., ref. 4, p. 553. Return to text.
  6. Simmons, ref. 3, p. 895. Return to text.
  7. Wilkins, J., Schoville, B.J., Brown, K.S. and Chazan, M., Evidence for early hafted hunting technology, Science 338(6109):942–946, 2012 | DOI: 10.1126/science.1227608. Return to text.
  8. Bower, B., Earliest projectile weapons found, Science News 182(12):5, 2012. Return to text.
  9. d’Errico, F., Backwell, L., Villa, P., Degano, I., Lucejko, J.J., Bamford, M.K., Higham, T.F.G., Colombini, M.P. and Beaumont, P.B., Early evidence of San material culture represented by organic artifacts from Border Cave, South Africa, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 109(33):13214–13219, 2012 | DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1204213109. Return to text.
  10. Balter, M., Ice Age tools hint at 40,000 years of Bushman culture, Science 337(6094):512, 2012 | DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6094.512. Return to text.
  11. Salque, M., Bogucki, P.I., Pyzel, J., Sobkowiak-Tabaka, I., Grygiel, R., Szmyt, M. and Evershed, R.P., Earliest evidence for cheese making in the sixth millennium BC in northern Europe, Nature 493(7433):522–525, 2013 | DOI:10.1038/nature11698. Return to text.

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Readers’ comments

Stephen H.
I am part Indian (Cherokee) and I desired to learn how to knap arrowheads. I am quite familiar with steel tools etc. and yet my first attempts at the stone tools would appear as rudimentary as that of some pre-Neanderthal according to some evolutionary theory. So it is possible that the "apparerent" unsophistication of tools in what might be considered "earlier" deposits in reference to man could be men acquainted with pre-flood metelurgy trying to understand making tools from the post-flood environment and HIS attempts (with the superior mentality our ancestors had compared to us who devolved) would look rather primitive until he with practice excelled, and why early points coming a bit later seem better crafted than even the later ones, when folk just got lazy and knapped out points with the least effort. A lot of points of our indians within three or four hundred years ago actually seem to be of less quality than folsum age type points.
Christian R.
There was never any evidence that ancient man was ape-like, brutish or dimwitted. It is only the idea that apes evolved into mankind that gave us that belief. Therefore, evolutionists are the ones who have been holding science back, like they falsely and ignorantly claim creationists do. I just wish evolutionists would truly study the actual fossil evidence and quit relying on preconceived ideas.

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