Scientists on October 1st unveiled a fossil human ancestor dating back 4.4 million years — a creature more ancient than the famous fossil “Lucy.” And, the scientists say, even more important than Lucy.
The team that discovered the fossil, called Ardipithicus ramidus, say it’s the closest thing yet found to the common ancestor of both chimps and humans. That common ancestor is thought to have lived about 6 million years ago. From that animal, chimps and other apes evolved in one direction, while our own ancestors, the hominids, evolved through several forms into what we are now.
The anthropologists found the bones in Ethiopia, in a desert region called Aramis. Scientists have previously discovered a few teeth and bones of Ardipithicus, dating from 5 to 6 million years ago. But in this case, they have more than 100 bones from 36 individuals, including a partial skeleton of a female whom they’ve dubbed “Ardi.”
I don’t think I’ve seen a more ludicrous argument than this, by an evolutionist whom I thought was going to put up some good evidence why Christianity and Evolution are incompatible but instead came out with:
Before you raise the “separate magisteria” and “different-ways-of-knowing-about-the-world” arguments for the inherent compatibility of faith and science, have a gander at this article from the Telegraph. The Taliban are preventing children in Pakistan from getting polio vaccine. If this isn’t a direct confrontation between science and faith, I don’t know what is. o.k., Drs. Polkinghorne and Haught, deal with this. Polio vaccine is proven to work: it’s one of the most effective vaccines around. Scientific research has shown this. The faithful reject it on religious grounds.
Talk of “separate magisteria” might lead you to think you’re dealing with an intellectual here – a Scientist. This is the problem with the arch-“rationalist” who will admit no phenomena except the tangible. What does he make of blackholes? What does he make of believers recovering agains tthe odds? What does he make of UFOs?
The dogmatic “Christian” – what does he make of Ardi? Even accepting that there is a lot of lying going on by the biological community desperate to find the link between the apes and homo sapiens, a link for which there is good evidence and nothing more, in the same way that the miracles of Jesus were attested to but the other side doesn’t want to concede the slightest amount to – given all that, let’s go along with Ardi.
C. Owen Lovejoy of Kent State University, speaking in Washington [said that] it pushes back the likely date of the split between the two lines to between six and nine million years ago, he said.
“For years, because of the genetic similarity of chimps and humans, it’s been presumed that our ancestor would have been chimplike. Ardi tells us that’s not the case,” Lovejoy said.
Ardi shows that unlike modern apes, which are knuckle-walkers, her species — and all the ancestors of all apes and humans — descended from a common ancestor that in turn was not a knuckle-walker.
So homo sapiens came about complete as homo sapiens, something Christians have no problem with.