THE DARWIN PAPERS
AN APE THEME
Editor and Publisher James M.
From The Nebulous Hypothesis:
A Study of the Social and Historical
Implications of Darwinian Theory
James M. Foard © 1996
"There are missing links aplenty in the ancestry of man . . .
This is why the paleontologists appease themselves with a rigged-up,
unspecified Tarsius for an original ancestor; and even if we accept this
we still have to use the arboreal theory as a cockhorse
on which to ride the rest of the way up to meet
the monkeys and the apes."
Costello: "What's the guy's name on first base?"
Abbott: "No. What is on second."
Costello: "I'm not asking you who's on second."
Abbott: "Who's on first."
Costello: "I don't know."
Abbott: "He's on third, we're not talking about him."
Costello: "Now how did I get on third base?"
Abbott: "Why you mentioned his name."
Costello: "If I mentioned the third baseman's name, who did I say is playing third?"
Abbott: "No. Who's playing first."
Costello: "What's on first?"
Abbott: "What's on second."
Costello: "I don't know."
Abbott: "He's on third."
Costello: "There I go, back on third again!"
Abbott and Costello, "Who's on First?"
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Read Foley's Follies below
about "Ida", the latest
missing link that once again
finally "proves" evolution.
Read about the amazing role that
teeth have to play in the story of evolution
Read about the apes from the Eocene here
Read about the arboreal theory here
These were written while Darwin was still in college, long before his voyage on the Beagle, decades before he published his Origin of Species and Descent of Man, so the story of Darwin coming up with the theory that apes and men had a common ancestor is pure balderdash, spun by the imagination of the evolutionists to bolster Darwin's image as the originator of this absurd idea.
We quoted from William Howells in the third chapter where he claimed that Darwin did not actually say that men were descended from monkeys, however Howells should have read his master's writings a little more carefully, for in Darwin's Descent of Man he did state in numerous places his belief that men were descended from apes or monkeys.
One good example should suffice for the present purposes. In the sixth chapter of his Descent, titled On the Affinities and Geneology of Man, Darwin wrote: "There can, consequently, hardly be a doubt that man is an off-shoot from the Old World simian stem; and that under a genealogical point of view he must be classified with the catarhine [Old World monkeys] division . . . But a naturalist, would undoubtedly have ranked as an ape or a monkey, an ancient form which possessed many characters common to the catarhine and platyrhine monkeys, other characters in an intermediate condition, and some few, perhaps, distinct from those now found in either group. And as man from a genealogical point of view belongs to the catarhine or Old World stock, we must conclude, however much the conclusion may revolt our pride, that our early progenitors would have been properly thus designated." (1)
It once again becomes necessary at this point to attempt to find out whether or not Darwin provided any real evidence for the thesis that he just proposed: Did Darwin present any conclusive proof for the evolution of humans from apes having taken place, whether in the present or out of the distant past?
For Darwin's answer to the first query, we find where he wrote in his Descent: "But we must not fall into the error of supposing that the early progenitors of the whole simian stock, including man, was identical with, or even closely resembling, any existing ape or monkey." (2)
Thus Darwin admitted he had no current evidence for any type of a "missing link" that would substantiate his theory of the evolutionary descent of man from apes or monkeys.
The next place to look to find
out if Darwin documented any proof for his speculations of evolution from monkey
or ape to man ever having occurred would be from the past, i.e. the
fossil record. Let us see what kind of evidence he was able to dredge up
from fossils to lend substantiation to his theory.
Darwin wrote in the Descent: "With respect to the absence of fossil remains serving to connect man with his ape-like progenitors, no one will lay much stress on this fact . . . those regions which are the most likely to afford remains connecting man with some extinct apelike creature, have not as yet been searched by geologists." (3)
Thus we see that on both counts Darwin candidly admitted that he had no proof at all for his thesis- that he had found no evidence for man's supposed evolutionary descent from "lower" animals!` The only answer he could muster was that the search for fossils is a very slow and laborious process, and that the geological record was imperfect, thus his plea to the lack of fossil evidence for his theory was the same rather weak excuse he had made previously in his Origin as to why there had been no sign of the transitional links between any species that would have validated evolution: we just haven't looked hard enough. I would be interested in finding out if there was any material at all in Darwin's writings that could shed some light on whether or not he had ever made any proposition that he was able to back up with observable facts.
He admitted once more: “The great break in the organic chain between man and his nearest allies, which cannot be bridged over by any extinct or living species, has often been advanced as a grave objection to the belief that man is descended from some lower animal.“ (ibid, Descent, Chapter Six: Birthplace etc.)
Thus we see that again Darwin
himself provided no really
hard data to show that men were descended from anthropoid apes- it was all
This is rather incredible, that the man whom countless evolutionists over the past century and a half have anointed as the one who proved human evolution beyond a shadow of a doubt, frankly admitted in his second major work, "The Descent of Man", that he never had any evidence for human evolution ever having occurred - not a shred of proof at all!
He went on to state (Descent, Chapter Six,
ibid) that this lack of evidence for
his theory would not trouble anyone who believes in evolution! And we see
that it does not!
It doesn't take rocket science to understand that there are only two types of creatures that have ever lived on this earth: creatures that are alive today, or creatures that have lived in the past and are now extinct, and Darwin admitted that there was no evidence from either source for validation of his theory, and so I pointed this out on the Talk.Origins Feedback board (June 1998), and had Kenneth Fair from the University of Chicago respond to this.
Fair responded with the standard evolutionist
claim, inferring that I had quoted Darwin out of context, which evolutionists
habitually do against their opponents, yet rarely if ever do they provide proof
of their accusations, and Fair provided none.
Then Fair quite rightly pointed out that when Darwin was talking about the lack of any evolutionary links between presently existing apes and men, that Darwin was actually talking about the lack of any evolutionary links between presently existing apes and men, which does kind of make sense in an oddball sort of way because, well after all, Darwin indeed was talking about the lack of any evolutionary links between presently existing apes and men.
I haven't been able to discern what kind of profound insight Fair was attempting to share with the forum, however I'm sure that it must be an important part of evolutionist logic for Darwin's theory.
As far as the lack of fossil evidence for man’s evolution in the past, Fair stated that man and apes descended from some type of unknown evolutionary common ancestor, that in Darwin’s time we had not discovered what it was, but since then we have found wonderful evidence of it (or him, or her, or them), but offered no proof of who or what it was, although he did mention Mungo Man as the most likely suspect in our ancestral line-up (Read the exciting story of Mungo Man and Mungo Woman, with the typical evolutionist racist implications here) who with their other ancient fossil friends have a rather shady historical pedigree within the ranks of feuding paleontologists (I eagerly anticipate watching "The Revenge of Mungo Man" followed by "Son of Mungo" in my local theater someday). Fair said essentially the same thing that Darwin said, using the old evolutionist shell game (the fossil is quicker than the eye), merely reiterating the same excuse of a poor fossil record that Darwin stated over one hundred years ago, although to an evolutionist this may have seemed like some sort of wonderful new proof for their theory, when in fact it merely emphasizes the lack of evidence for evolution.
Evolutionists have tried to sidestep this issue
by claiming, as Howells attempted to do with Darwin, that they never said that
we were descended from apes, merely from a "common ancestor" with apes.
This type of verbal sleight-of-hand is typical of evolutionist gobbledegook, and
is refuted by their own statements. While evolutionists do believe we came up
through the insectivores and then evolved into the prosimians, they also believe
that we passed through a stage that could only be described as anthropoid. The
suffix "pithecus" attached to many of the peculiar and questionable fossil
remains claimed by evolutionists as our ancestors means "ape". The anatomical
descriptions of them, their livelihoods, habitat, mental capacities and
behavioral patterns all would be consigned to what we would call apes.
Also, as we have seen at the beginning of this chapter, by Darwin's own words we see that he did make that claim that men descended from apes, with no evidence to back it up, and there are plenty of quotes from evolutionists since Darwin that show that they do indeed believe, again without any credible evidence, that man descended from the apes. The missing "common ancestor" mythologised about by evolutionists and sought by them in vain for over one hundred years would have been, for all intents and purposes, an ape if it ever had existed.
Even though it has been demonstrated already from the previous chapters that Darwin did not originate the theory of man's evolutionary descent from primates, we began this discussion of the subject with him, since more people are familiar with his name as the one person who is supposed to have come up with the idea, he has been lionized by his followers as the one who did, and as he is given the most notoriety in this matter this is all proper and fitting.
Now we will take a
trek down through the history of
anthropology since the time of Darwin, and determine if any new, exciting
discoveries have been found to provide definite proof that his theory was
correct. Although man's supposed common ancestry and/or descent from the apes
has been one of the most sensationalized aspects of the evolutionary theory, the
general public is kept unaware of the fact that nearly the whole lot of fossil
ape-men that have ever been discovered have proven to be merely apes, fully
men, parts of horse fossils, dolphin ribs, and in one notorious but still
seldom mentioned instance, simply a pig’s tooth!
We have been repeatedly told by evolutionists that the ape to man fossil series proves that our ancestors were mere brutish creatures covered with hair, scurrying around in the underbrush, or swinging around in trees by their tails. It has been suggested that the coccyx section at the bottom of our spine shows the remnants of a pre-human tail, though it is rarely if ever mentioned that our closest supposed simian relatives, the chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, do not have tails themselves, and their coccyx sections are proportionally smaller than those found in human beings.
Evolutionist's often use a phylogenic "tree" to
show how they believe man descended from apes. This is an illustration,
usually drawn in the form of a tree in textbooks on anthropology, with the
various "branches" drawn in to illustrate what they believe was the path of
evolution. It is usually assumed by evolutionists that men descended from lemurs
or tree shrews and then by some process evolved into apes, usually the
australopithecines. Then by some as yet unknown process during the Pleistocene
period we became men. This is generally stated as fact, although much of the
research is still debated even among evolutionists themselves.
What is not mentioned is that most of the length of the "branches" of the trees that you see as illustrations of man's evolution are in fact made up: they don't exist in real life and have never existed in the past either. They are merely drawn in according to evolutionary time scales and are supposed to represent millions of years of evolution, but there is no actual evidence that those long branches of evolution covering millions of years ever even existed, nothing of any real substance that would validate their existence at all.
There is usually some unknown common ancestor placed at the base of the tree and then farther up on the tree the australopithecines suddenly appear, as do the other species at the end of some limb or branch, but as to what the actual branches really represent, as far as the length of time in millions of years and what was happening during that time between the common ancestor and the next supposed link, the evolutionists haven't got a clue.
Most of it is all conjecture strung together with evolutionist imagination. You can in fact through careful research find in the literature, literature that is usually not presented in High School textbooks on the subject, in rare National Geographic articles that will deal honestly with the subject (usually near the end of the article) and at places that expose the falsehood of evolutionary schemes, such as Answers in Genesis on the internet, evolutionists admitting that they are not really sure of their conclusions at all and that much of what they write is pure speculation.
Unfortunately, evolution has become an unquestioned dogma in modern education where one is not meant to challenge it, much like the attitude of the church in the middle ages when people weren't supposed to question what it said. Many unsuspecting souls are led to believe that evolution is as much a fact as 2+2=4, but this is not the case at all and the rest of this chapter will be devoted to exposing some of the myths propounded by evolutionists in their theory of man's supposed descent from apes. The history of science is the history of questioning beliefs and we should never accept anything as specious as evolution merely on the authority of others.Of Lemurs and Lost Continents. Where did this strange theory of the lemurian origin of humans come from? The story just gets stranger and stranger. It all involves a disgraced Darwinian professor in Germany in the late nineteenth century, the same professor who gave us the fraudulent theory of embryonic recapitulation (little babies in their mothers' wombs pass through a "fish stage" of evolution and have gills-but no scales).
Thus, even though evolutionists deride the Biblical account of Noah's flood, it seems it didn't deter them in the least from cooking up flood stories of their own.‘Lemuria’, the alternative name for the lost continent, also originated in the nineteenth century. Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (1834-1919), a German naturalist and supporter of Darwin, proposed that a land bridge spanning the Indian Ocean separating Madagascar from India could explain the widespread distribution of lemurs, small, primitive tree-dwelling mammals found in Africa, Madagascar, India and the East Indian archipelago. More bizarrely, Haeckel also suggested that lemurs were the ancestors of the human race and that this land bridge was the “probable cradle of the human race.”
Other well-known scientists, such as the evolutionist T.H. Huxley and the naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, had no doubt about the existence of a huge continent in the Pacific millions of years previously, which had been destroyed in a disastrous earthquake that submerged it beneath the waves, much as Atlantis was thought to have been drowned.
Before the discovery of continental drift it was not unusual in the mid to late 19th century for scientists to propose submerged land masses and land bridges to explain the distribution of the world’s flora and fauna. In 1864, the English zoologist Philip Lutley Sclater (1829-1913) gave the hypothetical continent the name ‘Lemuria’ in an article ‘The Mammals of Madagascar’ in The Quarterly Journal of Science, and since then it has stuck.
Many of us are familiar with the book and the
movie Inherit theWind.
This is the thinly disguised fictional version of the
Scopes "monkey trial" that took place in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925. Although the
names were changed in the movie it supposedly represents what actually took
place during the summer of that year when John Scopes was put on trial for
teaching evolution in the public school. The book and the play are still
presented in High Schools to unaware students as examples of the so-called
conflict between religion and "science" (i.e. evolution), despite the fact that
they were both pieces of historical revisionism, inaccurate to the point of
being classic examples of Stalin-like propaganda, (See The
Truth About Inherit the Wind).
The Truth: Scopes never spent a night in jail, he was merely fined and that was later dismissed; there were no angry Christian mobs marching through town throwing bottles and chanting angry slogans as the movie depicted; the entire set up was arranged by the ACLU and local evolutionists (who wanted to bring publicity and business to their town) to challenge a law that only forbade the teaching of evolution as an established fact, which it is not, instead of as a theory, which it is, and it only pertained to teaching human evolution, not animal evolution. Scopes later said that he never actually remembered if he had even taught evolution or not, but he had answered an ad put out in national newspapers by the ACLU to challenge the law and so they took his case, thus it was the evolutionists who initiated the trial, not Christians. The entire trial was a media circus with H.L. Mencken leading the pack of reporters with the most vitriolic, hatefilled diatribes directed against Christians, which were then printed in the leading newspapers across America during the trial. The local townspeople were extraordinarily gracious and kind to Mencken, and he repayed their kindness by lampooning them as ignorant, intolerant, hatemongers and bigots. By his own admission Mencken spent much of his own time getting drunk during the trial, and his personal philosophy was not only anti-Christian but he was an avowed racist also who believed that in evolutionary terms blacks would never be the equal of whites.
The injustice done to William Jennings Bryan in the movie version was a terrible travesty. Bryan had been an icon in American politics for years, had lobbied for the working man and for civil rights and had been a three time Democratic candidate for President. He also happened to believe in the Bible as God's word and because of this he was viciously attacked by Mencken and the other reporters and his character was tragically and terribly misrepresented by the character in the movie version.
One fraudulent early ancestor of modern man that was heralded by the press and the evolutionists as a supposed missing link was "Nebraska Man." He was reconstructed in all of his savage and primeval glory by artists commissioned to represent what primitive man may have looked like, and Nebraska Man was grandly proclaimed in the Museums and textbooks as one of our early ancestors. What was the actual evidence for Nebraska Man? All that they ever had of this poor fellow was one single tooth, and after all of the fuss was over and the reporters went home, further digging proved that this tooth that was used to create Nebraska man with was merely the tooth of a pig. (4)
Piltdown man was another famous fraudulent ancestor in the evolutionist parade. discovered by Charles Dawson in 1908. Here again was one more presumed ape-like ancestor of man whom the scientific community and the world media warmly adopted into their family with an almost reverent feeling of awe. Howells devotes an entire chapter in his book to the Piltdown Man. He gives Dawson's own account of the discovery of Piltdown. He shows skull representations of Piltdown Man next to human skulls. He has a picture of the Piltdown jaw placed between a chimpanzee jawbone and a human jawbone. Piltdown man graced the hallowed halls of museum displays for over forty years showing what primitive man looked like. Here was another "proof" of man's descent from primitive ape-like species, that is until 1952. Then it was discovered after scientific re-examination that Piltdown Man was in reality a clever forgery, with the teeth stained and filed down in the jaw of an ape connected to the skull of a human being. This fooled the scientific community for nearly half a century into making monkeys out of themselves. Piltdown man has since been unceremoniously ejected from all of our textbooks and museums. (I can't help but imagine a disheveled Piltdown man picking himself up off of the sidewalk outside of a Museum and complaining to the doorman, "Okay mister, but I've been thrown out of better Museums than this one!") (5)
The Java Man Hoax. The "upright walking ape-man", better known as Java "Man", Pithecanthropus, discovered by Eugene Dubois in 1892, was another famous specimen in fossil fantasyland.
It would be profitable to look into the methods adopted by one of the co-discoverers of Pithecanthropus, Haeckel, Darwin's colleague, when he developed an early phylogenic history of the human race, according to evolutionist theory.
Elwyn Simons wrote about this interesting individual: "Haeckel drew up a theoretical ancestral line for man. The line began among some postulated [supposed] extinct apes of the Miocene epoch and reached Homo sapiens by way of an imagined group of 'ape men' (Pithecanthropi) and a group of more advanced but still speechless early men (Alali) whom he visualized as the worldwide stock from which modern men had evolved . . . A creature combining these various presapient attributes took form in the pooled imagination of Haeckel and his compatriots August Schleicher and Gabriel Max. Max produced a family portrait, and the still-to-be-discovered ancestor was given the respectable Linnaean name Pithecanthropus allus." (18)
Howells said that Haeckel was "rescued from retroactive embarrassment" by Dubois "discovery" of Java Man, designated Homo erectus.
Dubois, Java man's discoverer and press agent, was a student of the notorious Haeckel,who was accused by other professors while teaching at the University of Jena for falsifying woodcarvings of embryos to produce evidence to support his fraudulent theory of embryonic recapitulation, and for which he was indeed guilty, despite the fulmigating of evolutionists to the contrary. Whether or not there was ever actually any formal trial is beside the point!. Darwin used Haeckel's false evidence in his Descent of Man as the main "proof" for his theory of evolution.
From his youth Dubois was enthralled with the story of the Neanderthal find and of man's evolution. He chose ahead of time the place where he was sure he would find mans earliest ancestor, somewhere in the far East, never having been there yet. He became a physician and joined the Dutch Army as a doctor to finance his way to Java, where he spent his spare time looking for the "missing link."
Donald Johanson said of him, "His luck was unbelievable. What are the odds that a young Dutch anatomy professor who scarcely knew anything about fossils, who had never actually seen a hominid fossil, who had never been outside Holland, could go halfway around the world to a place where no fossils had ever been collected, just on a logical hunch, and find something."
Johanson continues: "It is as if somebody were to announce, 'I'm a rare-gem prospector. I don't know anything about gems. I haven't seen any. But that's what I want to be'...The odds against success in a chain of logic as tenuous as that must be up in the millions. But Dubois did find his emerald: the Java ape-man, Pithecanthropus erectus." (6)
Luck indeed. I would admit, the
odds against that are pretty astronomical. What did Dubois actually find? Part
of a skullcap, three teeth, and a femur bone (thigh bone).
The thigh bone and the partial skull cap were found fifty feet apart in separate digs.
Although Dubois insisted that the partial skullcap and the thigh bone were ancestral to humans, even evolutionists themselves have now said that the two bones probably did not even come from the same individual: The femur came from a modern man, while the teeth are thought to have come from an orangutang. (Jim Foly, Fossil Hominids FAQ, Talk Origins Archive ), and they are scratching their heads on whether or not Dubois classified it as a gibbon.
The evolutionists have really focused on Java Man since creationists have begun dismantling him, since Java Man has been one of the highlighted stars in the evolutionists' parade for many decades and they can't just lightly sweep him under the rug as they have many of their other less famous paleontological celebrities who have fallen from grace. Foley goes into quite a prolonged dissertation in whether "Java Man" was a gibbon or not, he devoted an entire web page to tell us that Java Man merely looked like a gibbon, but was in no way a real gibbon: "The phrases "closely resembles ... the gibbon" and "a gigantic genus allied to the gibbons", are vague. Dubois seems to have thought that Java Man was most similar to, and/or most closely related to, gibbons. (This assessment is rejected by all modern scientists.) Whether that is the same thing as calling it a giant gibbon is debatable, but I would side with Gould here: saying that Java Man was allied to the gibbons does not seem to be the same thing as saying that it was a gibbon."
(Jim Foley, Fossil Hominids FAQ-Gibbon, Talk Origins Archive)
Foley's claim that the skull "is an almost complete
cranium and is clearly human" borders on the absurd. When one looks at the
fossil remains of the cranium on Foley's page it is obvious this is an
There was intense debate about this during the early part of the twentieth century.
The question is, who cares? The original Java "Man" clearly wasn't a man at all, as W. E. LeGros Clark stated: "The Java skull cap shows ape-like characters in its general flattened shape, its enormous eye-brow prominence, the complete absence of what is usually called a forehead, and the small size of the brain-case." (Pg. 82 "History of the primates: An introduction to the study of fossil man" Fifth edition W. E. LeGros Clark, 1966, University of Chicago Press)
However other remains discovered since then that have been classified as Homo erectus are quite possibly fully human, they are not evolutionary "links" in any sense, and they occur in fairly recent human history. Sixty two of the two hundred and twenty two Homo erectus that have been discovered have dates as recent as 12,000 years ago, well within the range of modern humans. (LUBENOW, Marvin L. 1992 Bones of Contention: A Creationist Assessment of Human Fossils, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House)
As far as the size of the Java skull, gigantism was a well known phenomenon for prehistoric species of mammals, and this was what Dubois surmised was the case with Java "man".
Even Steven Jay Gould stated that Dubois "reconstructed Java Man with the proportions of a gibbon in order to inflate the body weight and transform his beloved creature into a direct human ancestor - its highest possible status - under his curious theory of evolution." (Gould S.J. (1993): Men of the thirty-third division. In Eight little piggies. (pp. 124-37). New York: W.W.Norton. (an essay about Eugene Dubois' theories on Java Man)
Evolutionists have used this to accused creationists of getting the facts wrong as to how Dubois classified the "Java Man", when all that the creationists did was reference the quotes from what evolutionists had been saying all along about the matter. Now that the evolutionists have changed their minds they are suddenly accusing creationists of misrepresenting Dubois because creationists had merely been quoting them!
In spite of all this, Java Man still graces the hallowed pages of our textbooks, and has kept his dignified title of "Homo Erectus."
The question we have to ask ourselves is this: Would evolutionists knowingly misrepresent the fossil record, and is their objective totally scientific or do they have some sort of an agenda at work that would lead them to falsify their claims? The answer, according to Dr. Jack Cuozzo, is definitely yes in his book Buried Alive, where he documents his discovery that anthropologists have fraudulently misrepresented Neanderthal skeletons to the general public for many years, attempting to make them appear more "ape-like" than they actually were. Of course this type of claim of bias on the evolutionists' part draws nothing but howls of protest from them-they claim that they are as honest and as pure as the driven snow in their motives. Just ask them.
One site that is a "must read" on the internet would be Jim Foley's Fossil Hominids FAQ on talk.origins, but not for reasons that Foley and the rest of the evolutionists might want you to think. While it is meant to refute creationism, it actually shows that the entire evolutionary "science" of paleoanthropology is in such a state of perpetual upheaval that every few years, or months, some stunning new "discovery" completely upsets the previous notions on human ancestry, and then the evolutionists have to get busy revising their schemes and rewriting their books. This is not science, it's academic lunacy, it's "A Night in the Pleistocene" with the anthropologists standing in for the Marx brothers. The whole anthropological system of man's "evolution" is in a state of continual profound disarray, and nothing better illustrates this than Foley's Recent Developments in Paleoanthropology. What is heralded as a groundbreaking new development on human evolution in the media by one anthropologist will be hotly contested by other anthropologists, sometimes even at the same dig, and the "latest find" on some questionable species is trumped by another new find a few months later that finally "proves" human evolution at last. (to see the wildly speculative assumptions involved in dating so-called human ancestors, see missinglink1 , missinglink2 and missinglink3). It's really quite a carnival. Evolutionists are constantly re-inventing their stories, and quite often, depending on what trade journal you rely on for your information, there are two, three, four or five speculative stories floating around at the same time, all presented as the factual history of the evolution of man. Read Foley's Jan 2001 blurb on "Mungo Man", then read his latest one as of June 2003. Decide for yourself after reading this mess which group of evolutionists had it right (HINT: Maybe they were all wrong? For a really good creationist rebuttal of the whole evolutionist mungo mess, go HERE).
Foley devoted an entire web page to Homo habilis, attacking creationists and attempting to show that evolutionists have never refuted it's status as a valid fossil taxon (Homo habilis: is it an invalid taxon?). Foley was apparently unaware that as long ago as 1979, C. Loring Brace, a prominent evolutionist, wrote "Homo habilis is an empty taxon and should be formally sunk." (C. Loring Brace, Biological Parameters and Pleistocene Hominid Lifeways, Primate Ecology and Human Origins, I.S. Bernstein and E.O. Smith Eds., N.Y., Garland Press, 1979).
would claim, "Well, this is the way of science: New facts make old facts
This is not the way of any sane and sober scientific discipline, where we build on the knowledge and discoveries of our predecessors, and use their discoveries as a foundation to enhance our understanding of the creation. If physics were as chaotic as paleoanthropology, where each new skull demands a re-interpretation of human "evolution", then we would be changing the laws of thermodynamics every other week.
For a detailed exposition of the monkey business going on in the name of science with evolutionists, go to Answers In Genesis where their hijinks are exposed by creationists.
What of the human/chimpanzee DNA sequencing that supposedly proves our common ancestry? There is a real problem with the timed dating of chromosomal similarities between humans and chimps and the results evolutionists come up with to determine their common lineage and when they split apart.
The chromosomal similarities in the human/chimpanzee sequencing fit exactly where they should fit-according to current paleontological findings of evolutionists. The genetic testing very conveniently "confirms" that we had a common ancestor with chimps-about five million years ago, right where the evolutionists had said that our common ancestor existed based on their fossil evidence.
Yes, this is convenient, in fact, it is a little bit too convenient! It is also very problematic. The so-called common ancestor between humans and chimps is constantly changing in time, usually moving backwards in time as some new discovery puts our "new" common ancestory four million, five million, seven million etc. years ago in the past.
Now if the genetic information is correct, then
this should yield a standard by which we can fix this date, and the standard
should be pretty much resolved, just as there are certain standard equations and
constants in the laws of physics, mathematics, chemistry, cellular biology,
But now we are coming up with fresh fossil digs showing new evidence from this other source, from paleontological data, that is changing that date, pushing it back to seven million years.
So what about the "exact" data from the genetic
testing that supposedly "proves" that we had a common ancestor five million
Well, this is going to change now. But why? The genetic data is still the same.
It is because, built right into the data used to calculate the time when they claim that humans and chimps separated genetically are the paleontological assumptions of evolution.
When this changes then, amazingly, the genetic data results change too. It is like robbing Peter to pay Paul.
With such a constantly changing database, I predict that within the next fifteen to twenty years evolutionary scenarios and the time scales they use are going to be turned on their heads with "new" discoveries, and then of course the human-ape genome information will conveniently follow right along with new interpretations of the data reflection evolutionary assumptions.
Indeed, Fred Williams has shown that the entire method of human/chimp genome comparison is fatally flawed, and that the mutation rate is seriously inflated by evolutionists to account for the evolution of humans and chimps from a common ancestor: http://www.evolutionfairytale.com/articles_debates/mutation_rate.htm
Kent Hovind has pointed out that the so-called 98% similarity between human and chimpanzee DNA (the findings are still being debated) is meaningless. After all, a watermellon, a jellyfish and a raincloud are all 98% water, but that does not mean that they are descended from a common ancestor, or that a watermellon evolved from a jellyfish. In addition, your DNA is not even 98% similar to your parents DNA, since you only receive half of your DNA from each of them, so by the evolutionist reasoning you would be more closely related to a chimpanzee in the jungle than to your own mother and father!
Is science always impartial? There were scientists with Ph.D's and Masters degrees in Germany in the 1930's who preformed gruesome experiments on humans to further the Third Reich's perverted theories. There were undoubtedly accountants with B.A's and Masters degrees in accounting working with Arthur Anderson who knew the data, yet "cooked" the books to ensure a favorable result.
These chromosomal "proofs" for our common ancestry with our simian friends falls into the same category. It gives the appearance of scientific veracity because of the plenitude of data; much like Darwin's penchant for erudition, it makes a fawning appeal to scientific scholasticism to cover up a very weak and deficient argument.
The data has been "cooked" to provide a favorable result.
The evidence for this is laid out in their own published research.This chapter will deal mainly with the fossil evidence for man's evolutionary descent and not with the biochemistry, this will be gone into in more depth in Chapter Eight on cellular biology.
Since we are continually being told be evolutionists since the time of Darwin that humans have a common descent with simians, what was the earliest supposed common ancestor thought to have been for men and apes, when did this first missing link appear and where was it supposed to have lived?
The first link in the evolutionists' story of man's primate history are the insectivores, from which the prosimians, the early or "lower" primates, supposedly branched off from. The Insectivora, or those animals that eat insects, are little, squirrel-like mammals, similar to tree shrews, and sometimes the tree shrew is classified with them, but usually the shrew is placed with hedgehogs and moles, in the Order Rodentia. Evolutionists claim that men and apes descended from them.
Let us look at the evidence, if any, that has been discovered to substantiate these claims.
The insectivores supposedly thrived about 60
million years ago. The oldest known missing link is a creature named
Purgatorius. He is accurately
described in exquisite detail by the authors of Physical Anthropology:
"The earliest primate comes from Cretaceous times which was before the beginning of the Cenozoic. A single tooth is known from the fossil beds of Montana. . . Although much can be learned from a single tooth, it would be a little bold to draw major conclusions on the basis of such evidence . . . It's exact position in the story of primate evolution remains unknown. . . . From the meager evidence of a single tooth we progress to the abundant prosimian fossils of the Paleocene and the Eocene." (11)
We may look forward someday to some ambitious historian with a minor in paleoanthropology writing a best selling novel about the fascinating history of The Clan of the Purgatorious. Time will tell.
Howells gives us valuable insight
into the evolutionary pedigree of the insectivores. Bear in mind, this was
written by one of the most respected anthropologists of the twentieth century, a
noted Harvard professor, distinguished for scientific integrity and careful
examination of the facts before making a statement in print. He wrote: "There is no difficulty in showing in full detail, that a primitive
insectivore is a hairy, four footed, air-breathing, warm blooded, live-bearing,
tree-going fish." (12)
That's quite a statement.
In Physical Anthropology the authors state: "As yet there is no direct evidence of what the very
earliest primates were like, but it is reasonable to speculate that
they broadly resembled the tree shrew . . . it is still the best living
approximation of the small proto-primate from which all primates, including
man, probably descended."
Howells wrote in his study of the Arboreal Theory: "The one order which has changed least of all, and in truth represents the first mammals in living form is that of the insectivores . . . Furthermore, there are other families among the Insectivores and even genera, which can, without difficulty, contain side by side fossils from the Mesozoic and living species of today." (13)
Thus the tree shrew has remained the same (no evidence of evolution) except for some minor variations in size, throughout millions of years in the evolutionist's scrapbook.
Further on the authors of Physical Anthropology write: "Although most texts discussing primate origins touch on the question of basal transition from or origins within the insectivores, there appears to be almost no actual fossil material that convincingly documents such a transition. The lengthy debate on primate origins appears to have its roots in hypothetical considerations (speculation). (14)
Thus the insectivore theory is simply a
piece of imagination; the drawings and stories in our textbooks that are
supposed to document this evolutionary progress from insectivorous tree shrew to
primate is made up, absolute fiction.
Howells confirms this as well. He wrote: "The first and worst gap is here (58 million years to sixty million years ago, supposedly) from this insectivore to a small and generalized monkey, which nevertheless has a good brain, stereoscopic vision, and a marvelous grasping hand: a gap which is spanned not by history but by the somewhat romantic Arboreal Theory." (15)
Howells plainly stated here that the entire story for the insectivore theory of man's origin is pure fantasy!
This does not in the least bit deter Howells from continuing on to discuss the Arborial theory, so let us move along with him to look at the next link in our diminishing chain of descent.
The insectivores were supposed to have given rise to the prosimians, the "early primates." The prosimians consist mainly of tarsiers, lemurs, and loris. They thrived during the later part of the Paleocene and Eocene eras, a period from about 35 million to 60 million years ago on the evolutionists clock. It is thought that after the prosimians evolved from these shrew-like creatures they later somehow evolved into the higher primates; the monkeys, apes, and men. This theory is known as the Arboreal Theory, since most of the prosimians lived in trees and it is speculated that they developed the opposable thumb that all primates have in common from grasping on to tree branches. Darwin propounded the Arborial Theory as the route that led to the development of mankind in his Descent of Man: "We thus learn that man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits . . ."(16)
How different were these fossil
lemurs and tarsiers from their modern counterparts? Geoffrey H. Bourne
"There are something like 25 species of lemurs now living in Madagascar.
Some of them have changed so little in the 50,000,000 or 60,000,000 years
that they have been isolated there that they are like living
In other words, once again, no evidence of evolution.
Bourne says much the same about the tarsiers: "Tarsius has thus survived millions of years on this earth with very little change and has thus been described as a living fossil."(18)
Since they first appeared in the fossil record there has been no evidence that they have been evolving.
Elwyn L. Simons of Duke University was probably the worlds most respected authority on this time period. He wrote on the prosimians in Scientific American, July, 1964 (The Early Relatives of Man). He described these creatures as nearly identical to modern day lemurs, loris, and tarsiers, and groups them into eight families inhabiting the Northern Hemisphere during the Paleocene and Eocene eras. Three species of prosimians had long front teeth much like mice and rabbits, and used them for chewing and gnawing. Simons tells us that they all became extinct before the middle of the Eocene, roughly 40 million years ago and couldn't have been ancestors of men.
One of these families, the
Plesiadapis, was the only genus of primate order besides man that lived in both
the Old and New world. According to Simons it was a creature that "varied in
size from about the size of a squirrel to the size of a housecat. In life they
probably looked as much like rodents as they did like primates . . . It had
limbs much like living lemurs of Madagascar. All that we have here is something
very much like a rodent, and in fact Simons wrote that "some workers have
suggested that the order of rodents may be descended from animals not very
different from it."
He concluded, (19) "Plesiadapis is clearly too specialized a primate to be the ancestor of later prosimians. This sterile offshoot of the family tree is significant to primate history on other grounds."
Scratch Plesiadapis off of the line up for possible human ancestors.
Simons wanders through the remaining five prosimian families of the Middle Eocene, Notharctus, Smilodectes, Protoadapis, Adapis, and Necrolemur. Of the first three, Simons said it was unlikely that they were ancestral to living Lemurs. Of the latter two he wrote: "None of these possible Old World precursors of living lemurs is sufficiently represented by fossils to provide the kind of detailed skeletal information we possess for their New World contemporaries."
They were dead ends. Lastly he wrote of Necrolemur: "it is probably not ancestral to any living prosimian." (20)
Thus, according to Simons, none of these prosimians scampering through the texts on paleontology and anthropology ever made it in the evolutionists ball game, however they are still referred to as our ancestors with confident bravado in books and documentaries that deal with the subject. Why? Evolutionists simply don't have anything better to fill their stories up with.
In Physical Anthropology the authors detail the changes that evolution has brought about between the ancient lemurs of the Eocene and those of today: "In general, these extinct forms were larger than those living today."
So there is no evidence of any type of evolution having occurred among these creatures, the ancient lemurs and tarsiurs were virtually identical to their modern counterparts escept in size. The authors then expound on the their system of cataloguing and defining various species of lemurs:
". . . the great similarity between the fossil lorises from the African continent and the fossil lemurs from the island of Madagascar should be noted . . . The name Necrolemur is one of the many confusing designations that often are applied to both living and fossil taxa . . . The appearance of more than one name for a species in the literature has led to much confusion." (21)
other words, it's a regular zoo! Howells sums up the evidence for man even
descending from arboreal prosimians in the first place:
"It follows from this, according to Le Gros Clark and Wood Jones, that man and the higher primates never passed through a lemur stage but developed independently out of another, if similar (and unknown), line of insectivores . . . The development of the higher Primates is much of a mystery because there are no early or primitive fossils of the Anthropoidea...What we need, for an ideal ancestor, is a generalized, non-hopping Tarsius, a creature which is as yet only a figment of paleontological wishfulness." (22)
Howells decimated the Arboreal theory, said it was complete fiction, but still continued to discuss it. Remember, these made up fantasies are what paleontologists and anthropologists have been using to get their college degrees with for decades, then making comfortable livings by lying to our children and writing their fictional books, presenting it as fact, with much of it funded by our tax dollars.
Howells proceeded: "Although this creature has not been discovered, and although we do not know the exact causes of primate evolution [sound convincing?], nevertheless Wood Jones and others (including the late Sir Grafton Elliot Smith) have brilliantly speculated how such an animal might have been impelled to evolve into the form of the higher Primates by life in the trees . . . For this arboreal history of man let us imagine that changing human ancestor who has come up from the fishes to be the first mammal . . . According to the arboreal theory his evolution now proceeds as follows: (23)
Howells went on to mention the opposable thumb,
the differentiation of the limbs, the emancipation of the forelimb, and the
affect of the upright position on the senses in this "imaginary"scene, and then
summed up the real evidence for the Arboreal Theory:
"The philosophical jay-walking in the theory has brought down upon it the scorn of Hooton (among many), who accuses Wood Jones of having created a 'Just-So Story" of primate evolution . . . The arboreal theory, at least in it's soundest portions, is the best thing we have with which to fill a yawning gap in primate history . . . There are missing links aplenty in the ancestry of man . . . This is why the paleontologists appease themselves with a rigged-up, unspecified Tarsius for an original ancestor; and even if we accept this we still have to use the arboreal theory as a cockhorse on which to ride the rest of the way up to meet the monkeys and the apes." (24)
Absolutely amazing. Unlike some of the other authors on anthropology, Howells, just like some school boy caught in a tall tale, honestly "fesses up" with a sheepish grin (Ah shucks guys, we was only fibbin' all along)..
The entire Arboreal theory of man's descent along with the apes from the prosimians has been declared to be a fairy tale by one of the most prominent paleontologists of the twentieth century. It would be nice if they admitted as much more often. So much for thirty million years of supposed evolution of the primates. No evidence up to this point for human evolution or any evolution.
We have traversed quite a few million years over the past few chapters, from Cambrian depths to tropical forest tree tops, and we still have not found the elusive missing link yet!
As we say good-bye to our prosimian friends swinging from the treetops somewhere back in the Eocene with that final, poignant quote from Howells to nearly wrap it all up, let us give the final say to Simons of Duke University, who continues on undaunted to write, incredibly:
"The evolutionary progress made by prosimians during the Eocene, both in North America and in Europe is obvious. Yet not a single fossil primate of the Eocene epoch from either continent appears to be an acceptable ancestor for the great infra order of the catarhines, embracing all the living higher Old World primates, man included. One cannot help wondering what developments may have been taking place in Africa and Asia during the Eocene's span of more than 22 million years. In both regions the record is almost mute. . . From the Eocene of Africa there are not only no primates but also no small mammals of any kind." (25)
Next we enter the eleven million year span of the Oligocene, by the evolutionists time frame roughly 35 million to 25 million years ago, and here we shall move on empty handed to the true primates: the hominoidae. Simons wrote of the first appearance of primate fossils: "Not until the close of the Eocene do some puzzling fossil fragments from Burma offer a hint of what must have been a major, even though still undocumented evolutionary development in the Old World Tropics. This development can be postulated [guessed at] with confidence, in spite of a paucity of evidence [no evidence] because early in the following epoch-the Oligocene-fossil Anthropoidea appear in substantial numbers and varieties . . . It is highly improbable that these Oligocene primates could have evolved, in terms of geologic time, almost overnight." (26)
We are back where we were with Darwin again, the only evidence is assumed evidence, taking for granted that evolution occurred without any facts to back it up at all! This is a win-win situation for evolutionists. If they had any evidence for evolution, they could say, " See, we have evidence for evolution, therefore it occurred." But since they have no evidence for evolution, they still say, "See, we have no evidence for evolution, therefore it occurred." It's rather like a con-man with a two headed coin, heads he wins, tails you lose, whichever side comes up he wins the bet. Incredible but true.
Simons further wrote of this period: "Throughout the entire 11-million year span of the Oligocene the fossil fauna of Europe does not include a single primate." That's pretty significant. What they do find are some possible primate fossils in the Fayum in Egypt, a desolate place near a small, almost uninhabitable lake shore southwest of Cairo. In 1961 a partial fragment of a lower jaw was discovered there, and from this fragment of a lower jaw they were able to establish an entirely new genus of primate, Oligopithecus. (27)
Simons informs us that until a recent Yale expedition "the primate inventory from the Fayum totaled seven pieces of fossilized bone: one skull fragment . . . one heel bone, three fragmentary portions of jawbone and two nearly complete lower jaws" and yet from these meager fragments Simons tells us " . . .these seven fossils represent at least four distinct genera and species of Oligocene primates."(28)
We should balance this viewpoint with a comment from John Pfeiffer, anthropologist at Rutgers University, on the announcement of an ape find by Louis Leakey near Fort Ternan, Africa in 1961: "The announcement proved of special interest to Elwyn Simons, whose digging in the Fayum region of Egypt is only part of a long and continuing investigation of primate evolution. He had spent considerable time studying hundreds of fossils from sites throughout the world in an effort to avoid the bad habit which affects paleontologists as well as others-overestimating the importance of one's own work . . .paleontologists often make too much of their finds. The tendency is to interpret small differences in tooth size and other factors, differences that fall within the normal range of individual variation, as signs of a new genus or at least a new species. In an extreme case, North American grizzly bears, now recognized as members of a single species which also includes Old World varieties, were once divided into more than twenty species." (29)
One find from this area that they pinned high hopes on for awhile was Aegyptopithecus. Elwin Simons said that Aegyptopithecus was, 'the oldest creature we know that is in the direct ancestry of man.' National Geographic described it as "superficially resembling a cat . . ."(30)
Another description of
it comes from Simon's colleague, David Pilbeam. In a conversation with author
Michael Brown, he said:
"The thing about Aegyptopithecus is that it's so primitive that it's unrealistic to refer to it as having many resemblances to living things whether monkeys or apes . . . Its just a very generalized primitive animal."(31)
Sometimes a second opinion comes in handy when dealing in paleological fossil finds.
More bad news for those evolutionists who were at first excited about the possibilities of Aegyptopithecus position in man's family tree. He is classified within the Family of Pliopithecidae, which were considered the ancestors of gibbons.
To further disqualify
Aegyptopithecus, Simons' apparently changed his mind since the National
Geographic article and contradicted himself later on, for we find that Michael
Brown wrote a few years afterward:
"Although he [Simons] doesn't himself subscribe to the theory of Aegyptopithecus being ancestral to all higher primates . . ."(32)
Still no common ancestor. After the Oligocene, we arrive at the Miocene, the period extending from 25 million years to five million years ago. This is where the evolutionary waters get a little bit murky, where we find the so-called "ape-men"showing up.
Michael Brown described this
period in hominoid history quite well:
"So what we have here is a tangled and unresolved notion of the ape picture."(33)
There is a plethora of exotic names for the fossil finds of those primate creatures who lived during the Miocene period. The star player in this drama being Dryopithecus,discovered by Edouard Lartet in 1856 in France, with best supporting fossil awards going to Sivapithecus, discovered by Guy Pilgrim in 1910 in the Siwalik hills north of New Delhi, India; Proconsul, discovered originally by H.L. Gordon in 1927 in Kenya; Ramapithecus, discovered in India by G. Lewis in 1932; and Kenyapithecus, discovered by Louis Leakey in Kenya in 1962.
Darwin even wrote of Dryopithecus in his Descent. Like Oligopithecus, all that had been found of the unfortunate fellow was a lower jaw. Still, his discovery caused quite a sensation, and from this meager evidence William Howells had written glowingly that Dryopithecus "is a real 'missing link' in one of the customary senses of the term." (34)
How much of this 'missing link' did they actually have besides a jaw? Howells wrote: "Furthermore, a possible arm and leg bone of Dryopithecus have been found. . . Unfortunately, we actually know nothing else about his body form, having only fragments of jaws to accompany the teeth."(35)
Elwyn Simons gives us some insight on what they had deduced from this evidence on Dryopithecus: "As long ago as the 1920's William K. Gregory of the American Museum of Natural History, after studying the limited number of jaw fragments and teeth then available, flatly pronounced man to be 'a late Tertiary offshoot of the Dryopithecus-Sivapithecusgroup, or at least of apes that closely resembled those genera in the construction of jaw and dentition."
Simons further stated, "Because the fossil inventory for Dryopithecus consists mainly of individual teeth and teeth in incomplete jawbones, the reader will find useful some additional facts about primate dentition." (36)
Teeth seem to hold a significant place for paleontologists in their schemes of classification of mans supposed ancestors. Simons further wrote in Scientific American, Ramapithecus, May, 1977: "The first Dryopithecus fossils from France consisted of three partial lower jaws, one of which had retained all but one of its teeth. No upper jaws were found, and most other fossils of Dryopithecus found consisted only of isolated teeth."
Yes, dentition is pretty important in the study of primate fossils. From just a few teeth and jawbones we can construct an entire species of apelike creatures. We get more again on the importance of teeth in primate taxonomy from Howells, where he tells of the discovery of Paranthropus (another ape that lived in the Pliocene and will be discussed later) by Broom in South Africa in 1938. A South African school-boy had found some fossil teeth which Robert Broom immediately pronounced belonged to Paranthropus, a new "missing link." Broom, who had already been looking for evidence of a "missing link", proclaimed that he had " four of what are perhaps the most valuable teeth in the world in his trouser pocket."(37)
Howells said concerning most of these ancient apes: "It is unfortunately true that all of this knowledge is based on teeth alone, since no other parts of the skeleton have been found. However, the fact remains that teeth are the most reliable single indicator of relationship . . .". (38)
Couldn't do much with those old fossils without the teeth. This is indeed unfortunate, for Howells went on to write: "Now a great legend has grown up to plague both paleontologists and anthropologists. It is that one of these wondrous men can take a tooth or a small broken piece of bone, gaze at it, and pass his hand over his forehead once or twice, and then take a sheet of paper and draw a picture of what the whole animal looked like as it tramped the Tertiary terrain. If this were true, the anthropologists would make the F.B.I look like a bunch of Boy Scouts . . . But it is not quite true . . . A tooth, all by itself, may speak volumes, but only about teeth." (39)
Like some mafia informant turning on his gangland bosses, Howells would open up and spill all the beans, revealing what they really knew on the subject, which was next to nothing. It is refreshing to hear one from their own ranks admit to the whole charade, although this happens very rarely for the public to know of it.
Simons said that the situation had not improved much since for fossil apes: "Until recently students of primate evolution have had little more evidence to work with than Gregory and his contemporaries did. Within the past 15 years, however, a number of significant new finds have been made-some of them in existing fossil collections . . .Many such specimens have become available in recent years, but they do not lie in the exact line of man's ancestry."
He gave us some insight on the science of categorizing primate fossils: "The grammar of primate taxonomy is not this simple. Two factors are responsible. First, there is no agreement as to how the order of primates should be subdivided." (40)
So much for primate classification being anything at all like an exact science. Simons continued: "Since that time many other fossil fragments of Dryopithecus-but no complete skulls or skeletons-have been found in strata of Miocene and even in Pliocene age in Europe."
Recently, (circa January 11, 1996, Associated Press) the first complete skeleton of a Dryopithecus has been found. Scientists concluded that it walked in a semi-erect position like today's apes often do, and we shall see that Dryopithecus was simply an ape all along.
No really startling finds of man's ancestors as yet. Let us research Dryopithecus just a little bit more though, since these are respected men of science, and we need to give them the benefit of a doubt. Simons further stated: "In spite of this variety in size, all these species [Dryopithecus] are assigned to the single genus Proconsul.. ." (41)
Then, after classifying Dryopithecus within the genus Proconsul, Simons clarified the situation by turning around and classifying Proconsul within the genus Dryopithecus, when he wrote that nothing more was found of Dryopithecus until Leakey found more Proconsul remains at Lake Victoria in 1948. "These ape remains included parts of jaws that ranged in size from those of living gibbons (the smallest of today's apes) to those of living gorillas . . . These fossil African apes were assigned to the genus Proconsul . . . Studies in recent years lead to the conclusion that Proconsul is not a unique genus but an African member of the cosmopolitan genus Dryopithecus."(42)
So Proconsul was merely an ape, and was not uniquely different from Dryopithecus, thus Dryopithecus was only an ape as well, not an ape-man.
Simons further describes these fossil apes as close to the ancestry of living chimpanzees:
"The picture that emerges . . . is that of an advanced catarrhine, showing some monkey like traits of hand, skull, and brain. . . including an incipient ability to swing by the arms from tree branch to tree branch . . ."(43)
These were definitely apes, nothing more, and of the tree swinging variety it seems.
They didn't have much to work with when attempting to identify some of these remains, and this led to more than a few mistakes. Michael Brown said that Proconsul was "an ape that was about the size of a baboon, with a cranial capacity of 167 cubic centimeters, which is half that of a chimpanzee's." (44) He further wrote: ". . . one time crocodile thighbones were mistaken for Proconsul collarbones! I had the opportunity to hold Leakey's Proconsul skull in my hands during a visit to the National Museums of Kenya in 1988. The crushed skull is small enough to belong to a terrier dog."
Our next available candidate for human ancestor is Sivapithecus. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that the Sivapithecus genus and species was originally established by a single tooth, a lower right molar. Not only does this sound familiar, but Simons went on to write: "Recent examinations of Sivapithecus species suggests that they are not markedly different from Dryopithecus." (45)
So now we find that Sivapithecus and Dryopithecus a.k.a. Proconsul, were all virtually identical, and all only apes. After starting out with five little missing links we have fewer and fewer as we travel along the Miocene trail.
Wading into all of these
"variation on an ape theme" scenarious, Simons tries again to clarify the
situation for the benefit of the perplexed reader:
"However confused and confusing Dryopithecus taxonomy and evolutionary relations are at present . . . " (46)
I hope that helped.
The last two significant Miocene players are Kenyapithecus and Ramapithecus.
Kenyapithecus was discovered in 1962, in Southwest Kenya by Louis Leakey. Simons wrote: ". . . Kenyapithecus not only has an abundance of close anatomical links with Ramapithecus but also exhibits no pertinent differences."
Thus Kenyapithecus and Ramapithecus were virtually the same species. Now, let us assess our situation. From starting out with five species of Miocene apes originally, we have nicely consolidated them down to Dryopithecus and Ramapithecus, the latter discovered in 1932 by G. Lewis near the border of India and Pakistan. (47)
Simons had been absolutely ecstatic over the possibility that Ramapithecus was ancestral to man. In fact, by 1965 he very nearly staked his career on it. After all, there wasn't anything else left by that time that hadn't been pretty much discredited. What did we have of his remains? Parts of an upper and lower jawbone with some teeth were found, that's all, no post cranial bones or other parts of the skeleton were ever found. David Pilbeam wrote: "Taking first the upper jaws Lewis made a new species, Ramapithecus brevirostris, based on a single piece of bone with two molars, two premolars, the canine socket, an incisor root, and part of the socket for the central incisor."(48)
Donald Johanson said of Ramapithecus: "Like many other apes of the Miocene, Ramapithecus was represented only by gnathic (tooth and jaw) parts." (Remember Howells infamous admission on teeth!) (49)
Thus all that we had were a few old teeth with which to classify an entire species with. At least these creatures must have brushed after every meal.
Based on this scanty evidence,
Pilbeam has given us a remarkably detailed description of Ramapithecus
habits, environment, and overall social life:
"Ramapithecus was a very small form, no larger than a medium-sized dog, at 30 lbs. or so. As far as we can tell at present it was not a biped but an agile four-footed animal perhaps equally at home in the trees and on the ground. . . . I suspect that it climbed easily and frequently in the trees, slept, rested, played, socialized, fled there, even ate there. Yet it also utilized the ground, in woodland and at the forest edge, gathering tough and abrasive vegetable food, perhaps occasionally catching small prey. When on the ground it probably frequently moved, as do the smallest living apes, on two legs, especially when carrying objects. . . . I assume [the peculiarity of its teeth] was an adaption to a new and tougher kind of vegetarian diet. Ramapithecus probably used tools no more than does a chimpanzee." (50)
That's quite an evaluation based simply on parts of an upper and lower jaw-bone and less than five teeth. Pfeiffer along with others have also made much in suggesting that Ramapithecus was a genuine human ancestor. He wrote: "One of man's earliest-known ancestors consisted of a single species with the official title Ramapithecus punjabicus. . . Not many Ramapithecus specimens have been recovered so far, less than a dozen in all and (of these) only fragments and teeth. But that is enough to serve as the basis for a number of speculations." (Pfeiffer, The Emergence of Man, pp.43)
Before we find out the ultimate status of Ramapithecus, let us find out why all the fuss was being made over him. There are three primary reasons why Ramapithecus was postulated as man's ancestor. First of all, the chaotic state of paleoanthropology demanded that some unequivocal candidate step forward and assume the role of human ancestor, and Simons, one of the most respected men of this century in that field had given him his strongest endorsement.
Second, Ramapithecus had small canine teeth, suggesting that he might have used his hands more than his teeth for defense and feeding. We have already found out about the reliability of teeth from Howells.
Third, it was speculated that since he had small teeth he might have walked upright. How this chain of reasoning developed is not clearly explained. Pfeiffer reveals what was known of Ramapithecus history: "Ramapithecus stands alone, isolated in time, a face or the shadows of a face seen in the distance. His successors, like his predecessors, are still elusive (unknown). Practically nothing is known about his development during the period between fourteen million and five million years ago, the biggest gap in the story of human evolution (perhaps he hadn't read up yet on Simons gaps when he wrote this, hang on though, we have larger gaps still to come) . . . So the ten million years after Ramapithecus are still an almost complete blank as far as hominid traces are concerned." (51)
Here is indeed a typical evolutionary story, very much like the ones we have already seen. Absolutely nothing is known on Ramapithecus' origin, he has no ancestors in the fossil record, then he simply disappears again, with a ten million year gap in the fossil record afterwards and no indication that he left any descendants, with no sign of evolution occurring after his disappearance.
Robert D. Eckhardt wrote in Scientific American, January, 1972: "Fossil hominids such as Ramapithecus may well be ancestral to the hominid line in the sense that they were individual members of an evolving phyletic line from which the hominids later emerged. They themselves seem to have been apes, morphologically, ecologically, and behaviorally."
only an extinct ape, not an ape-man, along with his indistinguishable African
neighbor, Kenyapithecus. (52)
After all the speculation and assurances that Ramapithecus was the best evidence
available for ape-human ancestry it was indeed "much ado about nothing." Not
only were they merely apes, Eckhardt wrote that they were in no way ancestral to
man, contrary to what he and Pfeiffer had just suggested:
(53)"Amid the bewildering array of early fossil hominids, is there one whose morphology marks it as man's hominid ancestor? If the factor of genetic variability is considered, the answer appears to be no."
Furthermore, molecular biology has proven that he could not be in the ancestry of man either. Michael Brown wrote: ". . . According to Sarich and Wilson [experts in the field of biochronology], Ramapithecus could not possible have been an early Hominid-a direct ancestor of man . . . and so the beloved Ramapithecus was demoted by biochemistry back into being a simple ape instead of a man-ape of any kind." (54)
Pilbeam himself later changed his mind and decided that Ramapithecus was not an ancestor of man either.(55) Eckhardt has stated that there was only one hominid line evolving during the Miocene era of Ramapithecus, and that the difference in dentition between Ramapithecus and Dryopithecus was less than the variation among diverse chimps of the same species, so they were essentially the same animal.
Simons wrote: "Recent taxonomic investigations show that the species of the genus Proconsul, with their relative abundance of skeletal remains, should almost certainly be lumped together with the genus Dryopithecus.What such an assignment would mean, in effect, is that all these Miocene-Pliocene hominoids-not only Eurasion but African as well-belong to a single cosmopolitan genus. This might have been recognized 30 years ago except for a series of mischances [blunders]." (56)
It turned out that A. T. Hopwood of the British Museum of Natural History, the man who named Proconsul in 1933, used teeth from the wrong fossil specimen when comparing Dryopithecus to Proconsul in classifying it. This went undetected until 1963, when it was found that Hopwood had been using part of a Ramapithecus fossil by mistake.
Science writer Kenneth F. Weaver wrote of this entire epoch in National Geographic: "A gulf of mystery separates Aegyptopithecus at 33 million years and Australopithecus at four million. Candidates for intermediate ancestors that have been proposed at one time or another include two from Kenya known as Proconsul and Kenyapithecus; two from India, Pakistan, China, and Kenya called Ramapithecus and Sivapithecus; and two from Europe called Rudapithecus and Dryopithecus. These apelike creatures lived at various times between 8 and 20 million years ago."
"Despite much debate and speculation, none of these primates has been finally accepted as a human ancestor . . . the long geologic epoch known as the Miocene (24 million to 5 million years ago) will remain a largely veiled chapter in hominid evolution." (57)
Simons, one of the most respected men among paleontologists in the twentieth century, began writing his article on Dryopithecus with this confident pronouncement, "And a major event in the evolution of the primates was the appearance 12 million years ago of animals, distinct from their ape contemporaries, that apparently gave rise to man."
It is amazing that he would make such a statement, not because he proved his premise, but quite to the contrary, when we reach the conclusion of his article, his final sentence reads thus: "Pending additional discoveries it may be wiser not to insist that the transition from ape to man is now being documented from the fossil record, but this certainly seems to be a strong possibility."(58)
We have seen that evolutionists begin with grandiose claims of near infallibility, but then when all is said and done they finally have to admit, if they are honest enough, that they have no real evidence, just like Darwin, but that it makes a nice story. They are in essence making the whole thing up, from tree shrew to ape to man; it's all like Mark Isaak's fanciful bedtime story of the bombardier beetle!
All of these various hominoids of the Miocene era were simply one and the same species of ape; they were merely apes, nothing of the "man-ape" fictional stories cooked up by idle paleontologists given to imaginative fancies, they didn't lie in the ancestry of man, there were huge gaps of millions of years of nothing, and no evidence at all of one species changing into another- it's all a fairy tale. What we have is a fascinating example of Shakespear's phrase: "That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet."
As we take leave of our hairy little friends of the Miocene and enter the Pliocene era (roughly 4-5 million evolutionary years ago), with precious little time left in geologic terms for our unknown common ancestor to make his appearance, the next characters to show up on the scene are comprised mainly of the Australopithecines.
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It will be demonstrated throughout this entire chapter that there is absolutely no evidence at all for this supposition. Darwin also refers to man's descent from monkeys on pp.586-588, as well as pp.591, under his General Summary and Conclusions, " . . . We thus learn that man is descended from a hairy tailed quadruped . . .amongst the Qradrumana, as surely as the still more ancient progenitor of the Old and New World monkeys . . ." pp.591.
Before Darwin was even born, Jean-Babtiste Pierre de Lamarck told virtually the identical theory that Darwin was credited with, repeated by the present day evolutionary myth-makers. Lamarck wrote: "If some race of quadrumanous animals (apes and monkeys), especially one of the most perfect of them, were to lose by force of circumstances the habit of climbing trees and grasping the branches with its feet in the same way as with its hands . . .and if the individuals of this race were forced for a series of generations to use their feet only for walking and to give up using their hands like feet, there is no doubt . . . that these quadrumanous animals would at length by transformed into bimanous (bipedal) animals. .obtaining mastery over others through the higher perfection of its faculties (intelligence)."
This is the classic evolutionary story, expressed years before Darwin's time, and repeated today, almost verbatim, by modern evolutionists. Nothing new has been added since Lamarck's time.
While it is true that in many fields of study we do use certain built in axioms to establish a field of evidence, and from there we develop postulates and hence theorems, it is not scientifically honest to use the conclusion as the basis for the conclusion. For instance, it would not be scientifically honest to use a theorem as the basis for the proof of that same theorem. The axioms that we begin with must also be applicable in a variety of theorems, and the science must be built from the ground up. In evolutionary theory, they have built their house beginning with the ceiling, then the walls, then the foundation, which they have still never actually established.
Evolutionists have used the conclusion that evolution has occurred as the basis for the proof of their conclusion that evolution has occurred.
To use an example, let us say that we have reached the conclusion that person A had murdered person B. Perhaps there were no eyewitnesses, as in the case for evolution occurring. Then what if we used the conclusion that person A had murdered person B as the basis of proof used to arrive at the conclusion!?
Well, this is precisely what evolutionists have done in their arguments, and they have the hubris to accuse creationists of using dishonest tactics. And then they have constructed all types of scenarios to justify their conclusions.
Again, to resort back to our analogy, we could say that since person B, let us call him Mr. Jones, was shot at from close range, then person A, whom we shall call Mr. Smith, must have been standing in the same room using a small caliber weapon. Since Mr. Jones was shot in the back, then Mr. Smith must have been standing behind Mr. Jones when it happened. Since the television was left on and there were two half filled cups of coffee left near two recliner chairs with two plates of unfinished food on them next to each chair, then we could conclude that Mr.Jones and Mr. Smith were having a meal together while watching television and had some sort of disagreement.
So! More evidence against Mr. Smith! We could go on in this manner accumulating all kinds of evidence for the death of Mr. Jones, all the while implicating Mr. Smith simply because we have already concluded beforehand that it was he who did the murder, without looking for other suspects, and with no actual evidence that it was really Mr. Smith who was guilty of the crime!
Now we go to trial, and the prosecutor looks the jury in the eye and says, "Since Mr. Smith has murdered Mr. Jones, as we know because Mr. Jones was shot in the back so Mr. Smith must have been standing behind Mr. Jones when he committed the dastardly deed, you must certainly find him guilty!"
This is what evolutionists have done with their data. They have already concluded that evolution is an established fact, and then they have used that conclusion and worked it into the evidence for their proof.
However , let us go one step further, let us give the evolutionists the benefit of a doubt and bring in a forensic pathologist. Now, if he has fresh body, then we can look for fingerprint evidence on nearby clothing and personal articles. We can determine the cause of death, whether it was strangulation, gunshot, or poison. We can determine the date and time of death. We can tell what the general health of Mr. Jones had been up until his recent demise. We may even determine what he had recently to eat.
But let us push the time of death back say, six months to a year, and put the
body somewhere out in the wilderness. All that we have left are some bones for
forensic evidence. We are not sure how the person died. We have no evidence to
help us determine whether the person was strangled, poisoned, shot or
Then the case is a little bit more difficult to solve.
So we look for relatives or friends of the deceased to find out a little bit more about them. But what if the death occurred twenty or thirty years ago? Then many of these people might have passed on as well, and the evidence to determine the cause of death is much harder to find. We might never find out who the dead person was in the first place. If the death occurred 100 years ago or more the mystery might forever remain unsolved.
Now, let us push the cause of death back five million years! What do we know of the person? Who were his relatives? How did he die? How did he live? Was he ancestral to man? Who would know?
And yet from this fragmentary evidence evolutionists have come up with an entire fantasy story that men descended from apes, and that we have a common ancestory with chimpanzees. And they have sold that story to the public through their propaganda organs, through the media, educational institutions, and museums. Evolution has been inculcated into us from the very start as the one and only possibility of human origins, so the facts must always agree with the predetermined conclusion.
2. (ibid) pp.336
3. Darwin, Descent, Chapter Six: On the Birthplace and Antiquity of Man, pp.336-337, Benton Edition.
One problem with the evolutionary scenario is that evolutionists will take
any common trait among humans and other primates and conclude that this is
evidence of evolution. Apes scratch their heads. Humans do also!
Proof positive that humans and apes have a common ancestor! And since rats scratch and birds and reptiles and all other sorts of animals scratch, then we all must share a common ancestor.
And then we all have five digits on our appendages. So we must have a common ancestor. With this logic, since we all have two eyes and two ears then we must have a common ancestor. Since we all have skin then we must have a common ancestor. Since we all drink water and breathe air, then we all must have a common ancestor.
That must mean that lizards are more closely related to humans than at least one other species of mammal, guinea pigs, for guinea pigs only have three digits on their back paws, and four on their front. So guinea pigs would not have the same common ancestor that humans and reptiles do in evolutionist logic. Birds have three digits on their legs, or rear appendages (if wings are to be considered their front appendage), thus birds and guinea pigs share a closer common ancestor than guinea pigs and humans, using the five digit rule for common ancestry.
The problem with this type of logic, or illogic, is that it first assumes
common ancestry for all animals as the basis for these similarities, and
then uses that same assumption as the proof. This is like a dog chasing
his tail. Design is written out of the picture from the get go before any of the
evidence is gathered.
And as far as the actual evidence, what has been demonstrated is that the chain of infinitesimal missing links that Darwin claimed were absolutely necessary for his theory of evolution to be true have never been found. Species remain distinct, in living forms and in extinct fossil forms. The real evidence for evolution is missing. The genuine evidence, of the sudden appearance in the fossil record of different species, with no interconnecting links, suggests, in fact demonstrates that species were specially created; the real evidence points to a Creator, not descent from a common ancestor.
Genuine valid science, based on solid research, based on evidence instead of the wild speculation of the evolutionists, backs creationism.
Then there is the example of learned behaviour. Tool making is a good
example. Humans use tools. So do some groups of chimpanzees in order to crack
nuts. Well, this certainly shows that chimpanzees can think, and even learn this
behaviour from their parents. But learned behaviour does not necessarily mean
there is an evolutionary tie between humans and apes. There are other species
that demonstrate learned behaviour also. Lions have to learn to hunt from their
parents. Birds have to be taught certain survival skills from their parents.
Some birds have even learned to use tools themselves. Otters make wonderful
nests and it is possible that the young learn some of these skills from their
parents. It is not only primates that demonstrate learned behaviour, so this is
no indication of common ancestry among humans and apes.
Apart from some simple tool making skills, do apes really demonstrate significant signs of intelligence in their natural state that sets them apart from other species of animals supposedly lower down on the evolutionary ladder than they are? Different species of rodents have a highly developed social structure. A wolf pack demonstrates remarkable cooperation during hunting and they often have a well developed social structure the equal of any ape group. Most of the time apes spend their time browsing around for food like other animals do in the wild. There is nothing that sets them apart in their behaviour significantly from any other animal group that would show them to have any close ties to humans in some scheme of common descent.
God has made different animal species and endowed each of them with a particular wisdom for their mode of life. He has endowed various mammals with varying degrees of intelligence, each according to their capacity to understand their surroundings, cooperate with each other, care for each other, plan (as in hunting expeditions and moving to a new area of the forest and choosing a good tree to make a nest in) and He has given them the capacity for emotion also. When my wife's little pet rat "Baby" comes up to her on the bed to kiss her face, this is no mere evolutionary survival skill. Baby is expressing gratitude and love for my wife, she feels like she is part of a "family", as do dogs and other pets.
4. William K. Gregory, "Hesperopithecus Apparently Not an Ape nor a Man,"Science, Vol.66, No.1720, Dec. 16,1927.
5. See Joseph S. Weiner, The Piltdown Forgery, Oxford Press, 1955.
6. Donald Johanson, Lucy: the Beginnings of Mankind, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1981, pp.30.
7. William Howells, Mankind So Far, pp.165-166, 1949.
8. Anthropology Today, 1971, Communications Research Machines Inc., De. Mar, Ca. 92014.
9. Lewis R. and Sally R. Binford, Tools and Human Behavior, Scientific American, April, 1969.
10. Sherwood L. Washburn, Scientific American, September 1960, Tools and Human Evolution.
11. Philip L. Stein, Physical Anthropology (1982), pp.327.
12. Howells, Mankind So Far, pp.107. Some may object that my references, particularly Howells, are somewhat dated. My answer is that all of my sources, Howells included, are from well after Darwin's day, and many of them are over 100 years after he wrote his infamous Origin, and at least 80 years after his Descent of Man After nearly a century and a half Darwin is still held up as the icon of evolutionary thought, and none of my references, besides my references to Darwin himself, are anywhere near that old. Also, even though the names of some of the specimens have changed over the years and evolutionists are constantly revising their dates and throwing out old ancestors and coming up with new ones, some of the old standards, like aging movie stars, are still wheeled out and presented in textbooks and documentaries, even though most have been generally discredited over the years; in addition the general theory and arguments currently being promoted in evolutionary biology texts and in museums around the world are the same as they were in Darwin's time; i.e. variation can lead to transformation of one species into another (fish turning into frogs turning into reptiles turning into warm, furry mammals turning into people), so the "facts" (this word must be read with a qualifier: there are no facts, only pseudo-facts used by evolutionists to keep up the charade of evolution) haven't changed much over the years. Also, Howells was practically the dean of twentieth century anthropologists, and his opinions still carry weight.
13. Howells, Mankind So Far, pp.82-83.
14. Philip L. Stein, Physical Anthropology, pp.149-152.
15. Howells, Mankind So Far, pp.107.
16. Darwin, Great Books of the Western World (G.B.O.W.W.), pp.591.
17. Bourne, Geoffrey H., Primate Odyssey, G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1974, pp.24.
18. (ibid) pp.60
19. Simons, Elwyn L., The Early Relatives of Man, Scientific American, July, 1964.
21. Stein, Philip L., Physical Anthropology, pp.329-330.
22. Howells, Mankind So Far, pp.84-85.
23. Howells, Mankind So Far, pp.85-86.
24. Howells, Mankind So Far, pp.93-94.
25. Elwyn L. Simons, The Early Relatives of Man, Scientific American, July, 1964.
28. Simons, Early Relatives, (ibid).
29. John E. Pfeiffer, The Emergence of Man, Harper and Rowe Publishers, New York, Evanston, and London, 1969, pp.41
30. Simons, National Geographic, The Early Relatives of Man, November, 1985.
31. Michael Brown, The Search For Eve, Harper and Row, 1990
33. (ibid), pp.123.
34. Howells, Mankind So Far, pp. 98
35. (ibid), pp. 98-99.
36. Elwyn L. Simons, The Early Relatives of Man, Scientific American, July, 1964.
37. (ibid), pp.100
38. Howells, Mankind So Far, pp. 98.
39. Howells, Mankind So Far, pp.127-128.
40. Simons, Early Relatives, (1964).
42. Elwyn L. Simons, Ramapithecus, Scientific American, May 1977.
43. Simons, Early Relatives of Man, Sci. Am., 1964.
44. Brown, Michael, The Search For Eve, Harper and Rowe, 1990,
45. Simons, Early Relatives.
46. Simons, Early Relatives.
48. Pilbeam, The Evolution of Man, pp.101-102.
49. Donald Johanson and Maitland Edey, Lucy: The Beginnings Of Humankind, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1981, pp.362.
50. (ibid), pp.366-367.
51. John E. Pfeiffer, The Emergence of Man, Harper and Rowe, New York, 1969, pp.54.
52. Robert B. Eckhardt, Population Genetics and Human Origins, Scientific American, January, 1972, pp.101.
53. Robert B. Eckhardt, Pop. Gen., Sci. Am., 1972.
54. Michael Brown, The Search For Eve, pp.51
55. Roger Lewin, Bones of Contention, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1987, pp.102-104, 118-119.
57. Kenneth F. Weaver, The Search For Our Ancestors, National Geographic, November, 1985, pp.581-582.
58. Elwyn L. Simons, Early Relatives, Sci. Am., 1964.