While some may question my choice of words to describe this story while bodies are still being recovered in Indonesia, a story moved the day after the Sumatra tsunami which may have a smiliar impact on evolutionism and the study of human origins.
Of course, it was completely–and rightly–pushed off the front page by the news of what had transpired in the Indian Ocean. But we need to bring this into the open.
In short: The first comprehensive study of all available human and proto-human fossils has revealed that they are probably all homo sapiens.
The findings have significant implications for the often bitter debates between fossil-hunters about the significance of their finds. While they no longer bicker over the so-called ‘Missing Link’ – the now-derided idea of a creature linking humans to chimpanzees – experts continue to argue over the relationship between Australopithecines and early humans, and between Neanderthals and modern humans.
The number of human species claimed by fossil-hunters now stands at around 10, while the total number of human-like species exceeds 50. Such claims have long been based on supposedly significant differences in sizes and shapes of fossil bones. Now they have all been thrown into doubt by research showing that the differences lie within the range expected for just a single species.
Professor Maciej Henneberg, of the University of Adelaide, a world authority on fossil human anatomy, made the discovery after analysing the skull sizes and estimated body weights for all of the 200 identified specimens of human-like fossils known as hominims. These span the entire history of humans, from the emergence of so-called Australopithecines with an upright stance more than four million years ago to neolithic modern humans from around 10,000 years ago.
Prof Henneberg found that the fossils show clear evidence of evolution, with substantial increases in both skull sizes and body-weight. However, he also found that the fossils show no evidence of being anything other than a single species which had grown bigger and smarter over time. According to Prof Henneberg, the much-vaunted differences in fossil size used to identify ‘new’ species all lie within the normal range expected for one species.
Plotted out as a graph, they form the classic bell-shaped curve found using data from modern humans. (Emphasis added.)
Isn’t it interesting that even though the fossil record reveals that all the “species” of ancestral humans we were shown in grade school science class are actually modern humans, Prof. Henneberg still insists they “show clear evidence of evolution”.
Excuse me? This is the type of blind devotion normally found in religious zealots. You know, like us creationists.
This debate is not a conflict between religion and science. We all use the same science to evaluate the evidence.
Creationists just stop short of drawing conclusions the evidence doesn’t support. That requires too much faith.