You’ve probably seen the news about the recent discovery of a partial lower jaw in Ethiopia, which is thought to be the oldest fossil of genus Homo. If not, here’s an article about it in Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fossil pushes back human origins 400,000 years. We’ll give you a few excerpts about what was found at “a desolate site in Ethiopia called Ledi-Geraru”:
Radiometrically dated to almost 2.8 million years ago, the jaw is a window on the mysterious time when our genus emerged. With both primitive and more modern traits, it is a bridge between our genus and its ancestors and points to when and where that evolutionary transition took place. As a transitional form “it fits the bill perfectly,” says paleontologist Fred Spoor of University College London.
The new Ledi-Geraru discovery fits best in Homo, says ASU [Arizona State University] paleoanthropologist William Kimbel. Its molars are slimmer than those of Australopithecus, the third molar is smaller, and the jawbone is shaped differently. The ASU team hasn’t assigned the jaw to a species yet because they hope to find more parts, but say that it most closely resembles H. habilis.
But the Ledi-Geraru specimen is not likely to be a member of H. habilis itself, Spoor says. The jaw also has traits that link it with A. afarensis, such as a rounded chin region. The similarities strengthen the proposal that Lucy’s species, which lived from 2.95 million to 3.8 million years ago, was the direct ancestor of Homo. But other types of australopiths also lived during that time, making the genealogy exercise premature.
As you can imagine, the creationists aren’t happy about this. In particular, Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, is very unhappy. Once again, as so often before, we imagine that ol’ Hambo is red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and rolling around chewing the carpet.
This was just posted at Hambo’s blog: Jawbone Found in Ethiopia Is Not a Transitional Form. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Headlines are buzzing with news about the oldest known human in the fossil record. The specimen — half a lower jawbone with five teeth — was found in the Ledi-Geraru research area in Ethiopia and has been recently reported in the journal Science. This jaw was found in 2013 about 12 miles from where “Lucy” was originally discovered. Lucy, of course, is an extinct ape called Australopithecus afarensis, and evolutionists believe Lucy was an important step in human evolution.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Lucy, “of course, is an extinct ape.” Then Hambo says:
Officially dated at 2.8 million years, the Ledi jaw has been assigned a date midway between the “most recent” specimens of Australopithecus afarensis and the “oldest” examples of human fossils, Homo habilis. Researchers have not been able to determine the Ledi jaw’s species, but they are convinced it is a species of Homo. Its discoverers are touting it as a transitional form, a missing link between Lucy and Homo.
Ol’ Hambo isn’t fooled by such claims. Let’s read on:
But as much as the evolutionary community is raving about the convenient timeline connecting Lucy, the Ledi jaw, and later humans, many of their conclusions are based on the unverifiable dates assigned to it. And like all such millions-of-years claims, these dates are totally dependent on assumptions and worldview-based interpretations of radiometric dating methods. They are calling some of the Ledi jaw’s features “primitive” and others “advanced” because they assume that humans evolved from ape-like ancestors along this timeline.
Yes — it’s nothing but raving by the evolutionary community “based on the unverifiable dates” and “millions-of-years claims” that are “totally dependent on assumptions and worldview-based interpretations of radiometric dating methods.” Those evolutionists are fools! Hambo then explains why such claims are totally wrong:
You see, your worldview determines how you interpret the evidence. These scientists have a secular worldview, and they start with the assumption that humans evolved from ape-like ancestors so that’s what they see. And they desperately need a transitional form to fill the “gap” between apes like Lucy and the varieties of humans whose fossils appear deepest in the fossil record. Therefore, they interpret this fossil as the missing link they need.
It’s all about the assumptions of scientists and their secular worldview. They “desperately” need a missing link. Here’s more:
But what does the Bible tell us? God made all kinds of land animals as well as Adam and Eve on Day Six of Creation week about 6,000 years ago. …. God made the first man, Adam, in His own image on that same day, from “the dust of the ground” (Genesis 2:7) — not through evolutionary processes and ape-like ancestors. … No matter what evolutionary scientists claim about fossils like this, the truth is it is that while a fossil could be human or could be an ape, it could never be a transitional form.
Right — no fossil could be a transitional form because … well, because according to the bible, there aren’t any transitional forms. Problem solved! Hambo ends with this:
I encourage you to check back next week to learn more about what the Ledi jaw is, but if you believe God’s Word you already know what it isn’t!
Wow — the creation scientists at AIG are going to devote an entire week of their valuable time to explaining what this new-found jawbone really is. We can hardly wait!
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