You know who Günter Bechly is — a Discovery Institute “senior fellow.” The last time we wrote about him was Discoveroid Günter Bechly Has Been ‘Erased’. His website used to say:
I despise the dogmatic and sometimes even fanatical stance of some evolutionists like P.Z. Myers (Pharyngula blog), Laurence Moran (Sandwalk blog), Jeffrey Shallit (Recursivity blog), Jerry Coyne (Why Evolution is True blog), freelance writer John Farrell, the anonymous coward behind The Sensuous Curmudgeon blog, and other infamous web activists against Intelligent Design and religion. [Emphasis supplied.]
Somehow that’s missing from his website now. It doesn’t matter. His latest post at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog is: Human Origins: Out of Africa, or Out of Germany? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
In a recent article at Evolution News [about which we wrote Discoveroids — Human Footprints on Crete] I discussed seven major discoveries in paleoanthropology that have made 2017 a kind of annus horribilis for the established scientific consensus on human evolution. The most recent of these discoveries, fossil human footprints from Crete (Gierliński et al. 2017), was not only out of place in its Mediterranean location. In addition, it is 2.5 million years older than Lucy and the Australopithecus afarensis footprints from Eastern Africa.
Günter suggested that new discoveries were an indication that the entire edifice of evolution was in a state of collapse. Now he says:
At a press conference on October 17, German paleontologist Herbert Lutz from the Mainz State Museum, who happens to be an old friend of mine, announced a sensational discovery [link to an article in German]. In September 2016 two teeth were uncovered from sediments of the Proto-Rhine River near Eppelsheim in Rhenish Hesse, Germany.
We can’t find anything about that in our usual sources, but here’s an article in USA Today: 9.7-million-year-old teeth discovery in Germany could re-write human history. Günter tells us:
The two teeth, an upper left canine and an upper right first molar, clearly belong to an unknown hominoid ape. They have very distinct features that are characteristic of early East African hominin “ape-men” like Ardipithecus ramidus and Australopithecus afarensis. Boom! This raises the notion of an “out-of-place fossil” to a whole new level. Now the cradle of mankind has not only moved from East Africa to Southern Europe but even to Germany, and the age is about three times (!) the age of Lucy, indeed 3-4 million years older than the oldest known putative hominins from Africa (Sahelanthropus and Orrorin).
Perhaps we have a new discovery that requires a revision of the primate time-line. These things happen. Günter continues:
As usual in such cases, the popular science media proclaim another necessary rewriting of the human origins story. … To be clear, however, this is not just another find that merely tweaks our understanding of human origins. It represents nothing less than the final nail in the coffin of the still ruling “Out of Africa” paradigm.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Günter concludes with this:
This year we could witness the collapse of the scientific consensus in paleoanthropology. … [I]t’s one down, and far from the first, but more to go.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] What does it mean? If humans didn’t evolve in Africa, then maybe Günter ain’t no kin to no monkey. Darwin was a fool!, and the Discoveroids have known The Truth™ all along.
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