This is going to get real interesting.
For decades scientist believed, based on DNA and carbon dating techniques, that Neanderthals emerged much later, perhaps 250-500,000 years ago.
New research entitled Dental evolutionary rates and its implications for the Neanderthal–modern human divergence, written by Aida Gomez Robles, published in Science Advances, summarizes the research as follows:
The origin of Neanderthal and modern human lineages is a matter of intense debate. DNA analyses have generally indicated that both lineages diverged during the middle period of the Middle Pleistocene, an inferred time that has strongly influenced interpretations of the hominin fossil record. This divergence time, however, is not compatible with the anatomical and genetic Neanderthal affinities observed in Middle Pleistocene hominins from Sima de los Huesos (Spain), which are dated to 430 thousand years (ka) ago. Drawing on quantitative analyses of dental evolutionary rates and Bayesian analyses of hominin phylogenetic relationships, I show that any divergence time between Neanderthals and modern humans younger than 800 ka ago would have entailed unexpectedly rapid dental evolution in early Neanderthals from Sima de los Huesos. These results support a pre–800 ka last common ancestor for Neanderthals and modern humans unless hitherto unexplained mechanisms sped up dental evolution in early Neanderthals.
This research only confirms what was written in 1934 in Paper 64 on human evolution contained in Part 3 of the Urantia Book, as it describes what led up to the evolutionary ‘next step’ of the appearing Neanderthal race.
From Paper 64:
“To the east of the Badonan peoples (the earlier human ancestor), in the Siwalik Hills of northern India may be found fossils that approach nearer to transition types between man and the various prehuman groups than any others on earth.
850,000 years ago the superior Badonan tribes began a warfare of extermination directed against their inferior and animalistic neighbors. In less than one thousand years most of the borderland animal groups of these regions had been either destroyed or driven back to the southern forests. This campaign for the extermination of inferiors brought about a slight improvement in the hill tribes of that age. And the mixed descendants of this improved Badonite stock appeared on the stage of action as an apparently new people—the Neanderthal race.
The Neanderthalers were excellent fighters, and they traveled extensively. They gradually spread from the highland centers in northwest India to France on the west, China on the east, and even down into northern Africa. They dominated the world for almost half a million years until the times of the migration of the evolutionary races of color.
To add additional intrigue on both the new discovery and the Urantia Book’s narrative being in-sync, the method by which this discovery is made was through studying teeth evolution.
Here, we receive explicit instructions from paper 65 in the UB on how to determine human transition periods by studying teeth:
The continuation of such biologic adjustments is illustrated by the evolution of teeth in the higher Urantia mammals; these attained to thirty-six in man’s remote ancestors, and then began an adaptative readjustment toward thirty-two in the dawn man and his near relatives. Now the human species is slowly gravitating toward twenty-eight. The process of evolution is still actively and adaptatively in progress on this planet.
75 years later, a group of researchers solved the puzzle by doing just that, studying teeth.
As a student of the Urantia Book, you can’t help to enjoy the news when new science confirms statements in the Urantia Book, adding to its continued validity as a revelatory document.
Just one more example of why scientists today should eagerly study the Urantia Book for new clues to scientific discovery. There are several Nobel Prizes to be garnered by taking “clues” from the Urantia Book and confirming them with new tools of science.