Early Maturation and Degradation Over Time

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1. Before leaving the topic of Neanderthal Man, we should take a look at a problem that is presently confronting the field of orthodontics

  • In short, it would appear as if humanity is ever so slightly maturing at earlier and earlier ages over time
  • Do an internet search on the topic of early maturation and you’ll be presented with a slew of results on the topic
  • Ideas on the cause of this vary from diet and obesity to hormones in meat to an over-sexualized society
  • There is little debate however that it is taking place 1

2. Earlier maturation has tremendous implications for medicine and dentistry

  • For one, it is far easier to straighten teeth of young children if they still have the puberty cycle to go through
  • If they are already entering adulthood, then you have less time to make easy adjustments through braces and the like
  • The impact can be even more pronounced as it relates to medical issues

3. On the whole, as a given species enters maturity more quickly – the overall lifespan of the collective tends to be less

  • In humanity this is more than offset by advances in medical science and improved nutrition – but all things being equal, the more quickly a species matures, the shorter life spans are …
  • This has been a source of alarm particularly for endocrinologists (those who study gland activity)
  • “A 37-year-long study of 61,000 Norwegians showed that women who got their first period at 10 or 11 had a 10% higher mortality rate than those who got their period four years later.” 2

4. Some relevant statistics:

  • “In December 2003, the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir was having trouble finding enough 12- and 13-year-old boys to send on its annual American tour”
  • “The last 200 years have seen a big drop in the age of puberty in the West. In the Leipzig choir directed by J.S. Bach in the 1700s, the average age of voice break, a late marker of male puberty, was around 18. Between the mid-19th and mid-20th century, the average age for girls having their first period in America and northern Europe dropped from 17 to under 14.” 3

5. Could it be that right before our very eyes, we are seeing just further evidence that we are maturing more quickly as time goes on

6. If we are maturing more quickly now, it stands to reason that in the past our bodies wore out more slowly…

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7. Humans aren’t the only suffering decay over time (and really genetic breakdown)…if anything, we’re seeing devolution

  • Animal remains throughout the fossil record are evidencing decay…
  • Crocodiles, cats, dogs, armadillos, turtles…and horses…
  • General direction of horse leg bone structure over the centuries…(Barbaro and 2006 Kentucky Derby Winner…Preakness photo above…)

8. The Bible is accurate in its palaeontology