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September 08, 2004

Missing the Link from the 6 Million Year Old Chimp

A chimp-sized human ancestor walked upright 6 million years ago, far earlier than anyone had been able to show before, researchers reported on Thursday. [more] Among the many interesting claims expressed by this article is the claim that researchers have linked a 6 million year-old fossil with humans. On what basis is the claim made? I suppose there is morphologically similarity – the same rationale that Darwin used in the Origin of the Species. But, is morphological similarity indicative of a common ancestry? Is there any other evidence that this chimp is a human ancestor other than the belief that he is?

Beside the obvious “missing” link, there are logical errors [more] that must be considered before making the cavalier claim that the fossils of a monkey are a human ancestor. Among the other issues with this chimp ancestor is that man was made in the image of God, not animals, and was set apart by God to rule over them. There is the problem of sin. That is, sin entered the world through Adam and by it death came to man. However, an evolutionary ancestor requires death prior to Adam.

The point is that while this fossil is an exciting discovery it is a "leap of faith" to consider it an ancestor of man.

Posted by Blogorithm at September 8, 2004 01:17 PM


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