Thursday, August 09, 2007

EVOLUTION: Will the real Neanderthal please stand up?

We (people of faith) will be jumping all over this for the next few weeks. Though, like so many other good news events for the family of God, we'll have to wait and see what happens over the long run.

I am impressed, however, with the openness of the bones and booty crowd ... the chicanery in this field is notorious. Fox News reports ...
Surprising fossils dug up in Africa are creating messy kinks in the iconic straight line of human with its knuckle-dragging ape and briefcase-carrying man.

The new research by famed paleontologist Meave in Kenya shows our family tree is more like a wayward bush with stubby branches, calling into question the evolution of our ancestors.
Now that's ironic; I thought the only "wayward Bush" in our family tree was alive and living well at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, WDC.

I have long suspected and am convinced that had bitten off more than they could chew; the variables, as my mathematics daughter will tell you, make the probabilities of tying it all together at this distance astronomical.
The old theory was that the first and oldest species in our family tree, Homo habilis, evolved into Homo erectus, which then became us, Homo sapiens.

But those two earlier species lived side-by-side about 1.5 million years ago in parts of Kenya for at least half a million years, Leakey and colleagues report in a paper published in Thursday's journal Nature.
At least that's what the ex-"perts" say this year. The AP as reported through Fox gave us this clarification ...
In 2000 Leakey found an old H. erectus complete skull within walking distance of an upper jaw of the H. habilis, and both dated from the same general time period. That makes it unlikely that H. erectus evolved from H. habilis, researchers said. It's the equivalent of finding that your grandmother and great-grandmother were sisters rather than mother-daughter, said study co-author Fred Spoor, a professor of evolutionary anatomy at the University College in London.
I'm not going to get too excited about this; however God did it, He did it! I don't need to know or understand everything to have faith in Him.
Overall what it paints for human evolution is a "chaotic kind of looking evolutionary tree rather than this heroic march that you see with the cartoons of an early ancestor evolving into some intermediate and eventually unto us," Spoor said in a phone interview from a field office of the Koobi Fora Research Project in northern Kenya. That old evolutionary cartoon, while popular with the general public, keeps getting proven wrong and too simple, said Bill Kimbel [director of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University], who praised the latest findings. ... .
"The more we know, the more complex the story gets," he said.
Kinda supports my kid's thinking, doesn't it?
Leakey's team spent seven years analyzing the fossils before announcing their findings that it was time to redraw the family tree — and rethink other ideas about human evolutionary history, especially about our most immediate ancestor, H. erectus.
If they would just listen to me, I could explain it all to them and save them a lot of time. But if they won't listen to God what chance do I have?

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