I had to take a picture of these postings in another category in order to make an important clarification:
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[ See thread here:
Dreher: Did Adam And Eve Really Exist? ]
While the GAE scenarios are designed for maximum flexibility, to broaden it’s potential appeal, intentionally broadening a scenario in order to be wrecked on the rocks of disputation seems most unkind and disingenuous to boot!
Nobody here thinks the GAE scenarios work best for any period of humanity older than 10,000 years ago. The greatest time of compatibility is more recent than 10,000 years - - probably somewhere about 6000 or 7000 years ago.
There are no controversies about Neanderthal in this period. Human evolution is more or less stable by this time, and any questions about what makes humans conform to a definition of humanity is equally true about the 6000 to 7000 years time period as it would be for the current period.