Creation: The "missing link" is missing!

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evolution of man
Missing link” is a hypothetical fossil form intermediate between two living forms, especially between humans and apes.
Some scientists claim that fossils first discovered near Heidelberg in Germany in 1907, which they call Homo heidelbergensis, was the direct ancestor of Homo sapiens (in Africa) and the Neanderthals (in Europe).
But there’s increasing skepticism about that.
Dr. Fazale Rana writes for Reasons To Believe, Sept. 11, 2014:
The human fossil record has recently experienced a possible disappearance of sorts. An increasing number of researchers now argue that Homo heidelbergensis, a key transition in human evolutionary scenarios, never existed. If true, this vanishing act could have horrifying consequences for naturalistic models.
Since the 1970s, paleoanthropologists believed H. heidelbergensis represents a transitional intermediate linking H. erectus to modern humans and Neanderthals. Some anthropologists believed that the “Heidelberg Man” is the common ancestor who gave rise to two separate lineages, one leading to modern humans and the other to Neanderthals and the Denisovans. Others thought that H. heidelbergensis solely led to Neanderthals and the Denisovans, while H. antecessor served as the common ancestor to the modern human and Neanderthal/Denisovan branches of the human evolutionary tree.
Researchers estimated that H. heidelbergensis existed between 800,000 and 200,000 years ago and made its home in Africa, Europe, and Asia. Support for this important hominid came from the discovery of 28 individuals recovered from the famous Sima de los Huesos (“the Pit of Bones”) in Spain. These hominids were dated to 430,000 years in age and assigned to H. heidelbergensis.
However, a recent reevaluation of this finding concluded that these creatures were much more Neanderthal-like than previously thought.1 On the basis of this conclusion, the research team from Spain argues that the Sima de los Huesos specimens couldn’t be H. heidelbergensis. This has led a number of anthropologists to argue that maybe H. heidelbergensis never existed at all.2
It is shocking to think that the re-analysis of fossil specimens from a single site can call into question the existence of one of the key transitional intermediates in most human evolutionary scenarios. If H. heidelbergensis disappears, it will leave evolutionary scenarios in a state of chaos.

References:

  1. J. L. Arsuaga et al., “Neandertal Roots: Cranial and Chronological Evidence from Sima de los Huesos,” Science 344 (June 20, 2014): 1358–63.
  2. Michael Balter, “RIP for a Key Homo Species?,” Science 345 (July 11, 2014): 129.

~Eowyn

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0 responses to “Creation: The "missing link" is missing!

  1. Cheryl Smith-Bell

    Imagine that! Who’d a’ thunk it! At least it seems there may be a few honest souls in the science community.

     
  2. Haven’t Homo Erectus and Java Man been spotted in recent times in San Francisco and Seattle? 😀

     
  3. Science itself disproves the theory of evolution. If it is a process, it would still be going on today! Why is there nothing changing today? Why is nothing crawling out of the sea and changing? Why are the fossils we find just as the ones of millions of years ago. Who was it that told the monkeys of today that they were not allowed to become humans? Poor bastards, I was recently at the Washington D.C. zoo when I heard a guide telling a bunch of school children in front of the gorilla’s, ” they have the same DNA has humans, 98% compatible.” I turned around, looked at the kid’s, and said, “and you can get on your knees in the morning and thank God for the other 2% .” lol

     
    • You are arguing against evolution incorrectly. You question the lack of immediate change in a system that by definition takes many thousands of generations to adopt new morphology. Sequestered populations tend to take on uniform traits, gaining and losing attributes in difference to the rest of their species. If enough differences accumulate, they can no longer breed with the original population. In a few short centuries, we have enforced changes among our domesticated animals to the point that the majority of dog breeds would be considered unknown species 500 years ago. In another half-millennium, the enforced genetics will be so differed among breeds that they will not be genetically compatible. Similar situations occur in nature, from geographical isolation and changes in resources over long distances and time. Population isolation and divergence even gives humans many races and characteristic morphology. This is even down to genetic predisposition to disease susceptibility or resistance, and inherent genetic disorders within specific races.

       
  4. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this fascinating post. Evolution is simply a theory, and as this post illustrates, the missing link is missing.

     

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