Skip to comments.First Chimpanzee Fossils Cause Problems for Evolution
Posted on 02/15/2006 11:47:51 AM PST by truthfinder9
by Fazale (Fuz) R. Rana, Ph.D.
Where were you on September 1, 2005? Perhaps you missed the announcement of a scientific breakthrough: the influential journal Nature published the completed sequence of the chimpanzee genome.1
This remarkable achievement received abundant publicity because it paved the way for biologists to conduct detailed genetic comparisons between humans and chimpanzees.2
Unfortunately, the fanfare surrounding the chimpanzee genome overshadowed a more significant discovery. In the same issue, Nature published a report describing the first-ever chimpanzee fossils. This long-awaited scientific advance barely received notice because of the fascination with the chimpanzee genome. News of the two discoveries produced different reactions among scientists. Evolutionary biologists declared the chimpanzee genome as evidence for human evolution, but some paleoanthropologists were left wondering how humans and chimps could have evolved, based on where the chimpanzee fossils were found.
According to the evolutionary paradigm, humans and chimpanzees share a common ancestor. About 5 million years ago, this ancestral primate spawned two evolutionary lineages that led to humans and chimpanzees. Anthropologists consider the physical, geographical separation of hominids and proto-chimpanzees to be the "driving force" for the evolution of humans and chimpanzees. They postulate that the formation of the Rift Valley isolated the hominids in East Africa (a hot, dry savannah) from chimpanzees in Central and West Africa (with warm, wet jungles). The geographical isolation of hominids and chimps, presumably, sent these two lineages along different evolutionary trajectories.
Evolutionary biologists think that fossil hominids like "Lucy," Homo erectus, and Neanderthals document the emergence of humans.4 Yet, until recently paleoanthropologists had no corresponding fossils for the chimpanzee lineage.
Surprisingly, the first chimpanzee fossils were discovered not in West or Central Africa, but in East Africa, near Lake Baringo, Kenya. These fossils, consisting of three teeth, dated to 500,000 years in age--meaning that chimpanzees coexisted alongside hominids. The Rift Valley provided no geographical rift for separate evolutionary histories, and therefore foils a key prediction of the human evolutionary paradigm.
Sally McBrearty, one of the paleoanthropologists who uncovered the chimpanzee fossils, noted, "This means we need a better explanation of why and how chimps and humans went their separate evolutionary ways. The discovery that chimps were living in semi-arid conditions as well as in the jungles seems to blow apart the simplistic idea that it was the shift to the savannah that led to humans walking upright."5
If the discovery blows apart a "simplistic idea," maybe it's time for a simple (and testable) idea--the RTB creation model for human origins.
I am confident God doesn't need help from any Freepers.
I found a muffler for a '78 Ford Tempo lying along the side of the road east of Vegas yesterday. This totally devastates the "Detroitist" theory claim that autos are made in Detroit. If they originated in Detroit, how could a car part have made it all the way to Vegas?
Another stake in the coffin for the so-called theory of Detroit.
oh please ...
This gives a very short summary of only a few mechanisms.
"The missing link?"
Yea and he has been in the trees flinging crap for a few years now.
There is NO theory of evolution....only a list of animals Dick Cheney allows to live! (LOL)
Article on Adam 930 years old.
Has anyone ever found a fossil human that was 900 years old at death, or a body in a cemetary or an ancient ruin? These would be dated by wear of teeth among other possibilities. Teeth worn into the gums, or else some kind of ultra hard dentine that no longer exists, but easy to identify scientifically.
Maybe the 900 year old human remains are hiding with the missing transitional species. Opps, the human remains would only be 6,000 years old at most. The transitional species are 6 million years old. Oh, well.
LOL. I think monkeys would be insulted if we claim they have any lineage to Algore.
BTW, is your screen name related to beer?
There is no such thing as evolution. Species survive because Chuck Norris allows them to survive.
No problemo. Evolutionists will simply adjust their theories to accommodate this inconvenient fossil, like all prior ones.
After all, evolution is a FACT, so it need not answer to usual scientific inquiries.
Yes. I brewed my own for about 5 years and worked in a local brewery. I love hoppy beer. Someone tried some of my beer years ago and complained it had too much hops. Then they called me hophead and it stuck. (more beer for me)
You'd love the Seattle area. It's the IPA capital of the country.
Evolution, like any other theory (yes, even we evil evolutionists believe it's a theory) is constantly being tuned as facts are revealed through the fossil record. It's all data, and it all helps us get closer to what really happened. The difference is, we are still seeking the truth, while you claim to already have it. Who is more arrogant and prideful?
Chuck hates Seattle. He intends to round kick everyone there in the face as soon as it stops raining.
"You'd love the Seattle area. It's the IPA capital of the country."
To stay in that liberal area long I would need to have MANY IPAs.
Hophead is Chuck Norris?
LOL. I live in tacoma, not quite as bad. But the great NW has many great breweries (and some crummy ones too). I'd drink Bud if I could get rid of all the libs here though.
Yeah, that silly science of Chemistry has absolutely NOTHING to do with biology.
Tortoises are desert animals. I think you're confusing them with turtles.
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