You don’t have to believe that you descend from these creatures, even though DNA testing has proven that all populations that are not original Sub-Saharan Africans have been shown to possess 2%-5% Neanderthal genetics.
This is to say that Europeans, Asians (South, West, East and Southeast), along with Indigenous Americans have small amounts of Neanderthal genetics, whereas most indigenous African groups, south of the Sahara are 100% Homo Sapiens, according to the latest in physical anthropology.
Despite any rejection one may have of the scientific evidence cited above, DNA extracted from the bones of Neanderthal remains matches genetic sequences found in non-Sub-Saharan Africans that are lacking in the latter.
Regardless of any disavowal that one may have of the above data and Evolutionary Theory in general, one still can marvel that a vast assortment of hominid beings roamed the Earth, tens- and hundreds of thousands of years ago.
This is according to fossil records and carbon dating. Yes, carbon dating has its flaws – but the fact of myriad hominid fossils does remain – and this video doesn’t even list Neanderthal, except as a side reference!
I’ve been curious about this topic since I was 6 years old but some of these discoveries are recent and I’d never heard of some of these human-like creatures, whose fossils have been found, such as Boskop Man, aka Homo capensis, of which many fossils have been found in South Africa.
You don’t have to think you’re descended from these beings to wonder what their lives were like.