The form of the Homo erectus cranium

Having thickened cranial vault bones, verso heavily built face, thick-boned jaws, and thick postcranial bones may have been necessary, or at least an advantage, for the body esatto cope with these long lifespans

Some creationists see environmental factors and genetic effects, such as the founder effect, genetic drift, and inbreeding, as most likely sufficient puro explain the differences per skeletal features between modern humans and so-called cavemen. 37 It has been proposed that there was a period of rapid human diversification beginning during the construction of Babel, resulting con extreme morphological variability con post-Babel humans repopulating the earth. 38,39 Other creationists believe the stark difference sopra morphology between robust and anatomically modern humans warrants an explanation a qualora, that is, not just an acknowledgment that there was considerable variation mediante features, but why.

Per subject of importance puro the creation model is explaining why the skeletons, particularly the skulls, of humans such as Homo erectus (as well as those classified as Neandertals and Homo heidelbergensis), were so rugged or robust compared to anatomically modern humans

As such, it has been suggested that Homo erectus, Neandertals and the like all arose inizio ‘devolution’ from anatomically modern post-Babel populations-from the genetic consequences of inbreeding, drift, and mutational effects, after splitting off from anatomically modern humans. 40 However, this funziona date me would have esatto have happened independently, con a relatively short time, durante many different parts of the world, which seems per little too coincidental puro be realistic.

Along with a number of other creationists who have contemplated this issue, I consider the robust human forms, such as those with the features observed durante the typical Homo erectus and Neandertal remains, esatto mediante general be non-pathological. As such, they were likely humans that were part of the original dispersion that occurred at Babel. Hence, an explanation that is worth considering is that the robust morphology observed sopra these humans is linked onesto longevity. According esatto creationist Carl Wieland:

Hence, one explanation why humans such as Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, and Neandertals, had different morphology compared preciso modern humans, particularly durante the skull, is that it could reflect changes con development of these early post-Flood individuals, compared onesto modern humans, possibly linked onesto longevity. 42 A factor that cannot be ignored per a creationist model of human origins is the biblical long lifespans of individuals in the pre-Flood world, and sicuro some extent the early post-Flood earth, as derived from Old Testament records. Per the pre-Flood world lifespans of around 900 years appear puro have been common, and even individuals born early post-Flood (within verso few hundred years of the Flood having occurred) are recorded as having lived for hundreds of years. 43,44

If initially (after the Fall) humans were designed to live for hundreds of years, then this would most likely have per bearing on development processes and timings. Simply put, longevity would probably be associated with changes mediante development, not just the aging process.

If longevity was linked onesto development processes associated with the above-mentioned robusticity, then robust features would be expected onesto disappear with shorter lifespans, although, as Wieland notes, “some of the genes coding for some of their distinctive bony anatomy were apparently passed on puro some of today’s populations”. 45 Hence, robust features do not correlate with the potential for longevity sopra recent times. A genetic mechanism for robusticity would possibly involve the control of hormones related sicuro bone growth and maintenance. According esatto Susan Crockford, an evolutionary expert mediante this settore, the

Thyroxine (T4) is an important thyroid hormone, and verso indivis thyroid hormone secretion pattern could have existed per people with robust skeletal morphology, such as Homo erectus and the Neandertals, linked preciso the genetic mechanism for long lifespans. Add environmental influences, as well as genetic effects such as genetic drift, and you can possibly account for differences sopra the many skeletal features observed. This would be not only between early robust post-Flood humans, like Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, and the Neandertals, but also between anatomically modern humans and these early robust post-Flood humans.

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