Many of you know about the recent discovery in South Africa of what may be yet another pre-human species. PhysOrg has an article on it: Bones in South African cave reveal new human relative. You’ll want to read it all, but briefly, with our bold font for emphasis, they say:
The bones were found by a spelunker, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Johannesburg. The site has yielded some 1,550 specimens since its discovery in 2013. The fossils represent at least 15 individuals.
Researchers named the creature Homo naledi (nah-LEH-dee). That reflects the “Homo” evolutionary group, which includes modern people and our closest extinct relatives, and the word for “star” in a local language. The find was made in the Rising Star cave system. The creature, which evidently walked upright, represents a mix of traits. For example, the hands and feet look like Homo, but the shoulders and the small brain recall Homo’s more ape-like ancestors, the researchers said.
The researchers also announced the discovery in the journal eLife. They said they were unable to determine an age for the fossils because of unusual characteristics of the site, but that they are still trying. [Lee Berger, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg who led the work] said researchers are not claiming that neledi was a direct ancestor of modern-day people, and experts unconnected to the project said they believed it was not.
The fossils haven’t been dated yet, and there is already disagreement as to whether they represent something near the root of the Homo group, or something that lived later than that but which kept its primitive features. Until there is more definitive work done, we have no opinion.
However, there is someone who already knows everything, so he is not in doubt. Yes, we’re referring to Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Ol’ Hambo has just posted Supposed Human Ancestor Found in African Cave? at his blog. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The media is buzzing with news that another supposed human ancestor has been found in an African cave.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No one is claiming that Homo naledi is a human ancestor. Rather, it’s thought to be a distant cousin, descended from our common ancestor, but not a direct ancestor. Bad start, Hambo! Let’s read on:
[W]e can say with confidence that this discovery changes nothing about our understanding of human history. You see, the only eyewitness account of human origins is the one provided by God our Creator in the Bible’s book of Genesis. No scientist witnessed the origin of man, and evolutionary scientists only believe there were intermediate evolutionary links between an ape-like ancestor and man because they have disregarded God’s Word and substituted their own fallible opinions in its place.
Foolish scientists! Hambo continues:
We know from God’s Word that “nature” did not experiment “with how to evolve humans.” God told us He created two humans as well as all the kinds of land animals — and that includes apes — on the same day. That means that there could be no evolution involved. Whatever species these bones represent — and we will be publishing a more complete report on the discovery and the claims being made about it soon — we know that they cannot be any sort of intermediate between apes and humans.
Hambo knows! He promises to post something more on the topic, after his creation scientists have studied the published research. We’ll be eagerly watching for it.
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