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LUCY

1974

Discovered in

1974 and quickly

rose to fame as

an alleged tran-

sitional creature

between humans

and an ape-like

creature. Further

study revealed

that Lucy was not

proof of human

evolution, but

was actually more

likely a male ape

closely related to

the modern pyg-

my chimp.

1979

FLIPPER MAN

A collarbone found in Libya was thought to be from

a primitive ape-man—later found to be the fossilized

rib of a sea mammal similar to a dolphin.

in a popular journal,

you had better claim

that your fossil is

proof of some-

thing new—a

new transi-

tional species.

So paleoan-

thropologists

(scientists who

study ancient

humans) tend

to be rash and

irresponsible in

making claims

about what they

have found.

ere are never

any fossils that

all scientists

agree prove

what their dis-

coverers claim.

And that fact clari es why the late

evolutionary paleontologist Colin

Patterson of the British Museum

of Natural History in London said

what he did concerning the fossil

record. A er writing a textbook

on evolution and being asked why

he did not include any examples of

transitional creatures in the book,

he admitted that “there are no

transitional fossils…for which one

could make a watertight argument.”

Bottom line: if evolution is true,

there should be solid evidence of

it in the fossil record. But it’s not

there. In truth, the fossil record

supports what the Bible claims

about the origin of humans: we

did not evolve from an ape-like

creature. We have always been

human. When famous Harvard

paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould

admitted that transitional species

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