Creationists have never liked Lucy — the first fossil found of the pre-human species formally known as Australopithecus afarensis. Numerous other fossils of that species have been found since Lucy, but that one gets all the press. The usual creationist websites deny the legitimacy of Lucy, including the Discoveroids — see Discovery Institute: Casey Luskin and Lucy.
Well, something has come up that is certain to thrill the creationists. You can read about it in the New Scientist in this article: Baboon bone found in famous Lucy skeleton. Whoa — that sounds serious! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Lucy, arguably the world’s most famous early human fossil, is not quite all she seems. A careful look at the ancient hominin’s skeleton suggests one bone may actually belong to a baboon.
[W]hen Gary Sawyer and Mike Smith at the American Museum of Natural History in New York recently began work on a new reconstruction of Lucy’s skeleton, with help from Scott Williams at New York University, they noticed something odd. “Mike pointed out that one of the [vertebra] fragments, which no one, including me, had really paid close attention to, looked fairly small to fit with the rest of Lucy’s vertebral column,” says Williams.
They soon concluded that it didn’t belong to Lucy. “It was just too small,” says Williams.
How much of a problem is this? Not much, apparently. Here’s another excerpt:
“Baboons were a close match, both in shape and size,” says Williams. “So we think we’ve solved this mystery. It seems that a fossil gelada baboon thoracic vertebra washed or was otherwise transported in the mix of Lucy’s remains.”
He stresses, though, that the analysis, which he will present at a meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society in San Francisco next week, also confirms that the other 88 fossil fragments belonging to Lucy’s skeleton are correctly identified. And the mislabelled baboon bone fragment doesn’t undermine Lucy’s important position in the evolution of our lineage.
Well, these things happen. It’s only one bone, and as we mentioned, Lucy is only one of numerous other fossils of the same species. But this news is more than enough to get the creationists all worked up. Look what we found at the website of the Christian News Network — their headline screams: Evolutionary Embarrassment: Part of Famous ‘Ape-Man’ Skeleton Actually Came from Baboon. They say, with bold font added by us:
A team of scientists has announced that the famous “Lucy” skeleton, a specimen long heralded as proof of man’s evolutionary descent, likely includes at least one bone from a baboon.
Uh huh — “at least” one bone from a baboon. Let’s read on:
[M]any scientists, including those who believe in biblical creation, have long expressed skepticism toward the Lucy fossil. Sculptor and exhibit designer Doug Henderson wrote in a 2013 article for Answers in Genesis that depictions of Lucy are significantly influenced by biases and unfounded assumptions.
Answers in Genesis? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We continue:
If the Lucy fragment is indeed from a baboon, the incident would not be the first time evolutionists have misidentified fossils that allegedly prove the existence of ape-men. In the 1920s, a single fossil purportedly originating from a primate nicknamed “Nebraska Man” …
Aaaargh!! We discussed Nebraska Man in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. It was a very brief mis-identification, quickly corrected. It now appears only in creationist literature. Then they quote David Menton, a writer for Answers in Genesis:
“No, we are not descended from apes,” Menton concluded. “Rather, God created man as the crown of His creation on Day 6. We are a special creation of God, made in His image, to bring Him glory. What a revolution this truth would make if our evolutionized culture truly understood it!”
So there you are. One wrong bone in one fossil and — Whammo! It’s all over. But there’s one thing that bothers us — if this one bone is so devastating to the theory of evolution, why did those scientists announce it? Shouldn’t they have hushed it up? That’s what creationists would expect. This is quite a mystery. Anyway, we’ll be hearing about this from the other creationist websites. This is their kind of science!
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