Neanderthal man was just that---man.
Really? How about homo ergaster? What about Australopithicus?
The older hominids are really not very human at all. You're contradicting yourself. You're saying you get that hominids evolved into humans, but Neandertals are man? Dude, c'mon. Two totally different species.
Further,if you accept that early hominids evolved into other species, why cant you extrapolate that evolution process back billions of years? Cant you see that early hominids evolved from something else? We obviously dont have the fossil record to show exactly the path that occured, but shit, 50 years ago there wasn't a Lucy. As more and more of the gaps are filled in with fossil evidence, we can trace the evolutionary path back even further.
Just because the fossil evidence doesn't exist today, doesn't mean that australopithicus didn't evolve from some other creature that existed millions or billions of years earlier.
Fossil evidence supports evolution. It doesn't support creationism, period. I dont know how this doesn't make logical sense to you guys.