You may have seen a recent article or two on the evolution of eyebrows. It’s a cute topic, so many newspapers have mentioned it. What they’re reporting is explained in PhysOrg: The evolutionary advantage of having eyebrows. They say:
Eyebrows — we all have them, but what are they actually for? While eyebrows help to prevent debris, sweat, and water from falling into the eye socket, they serve another important function too – and it’s all to do with how they move and human connection.
We already know that our modern minds often reflect the ways our ancestors needed to work together to survive in the distant evolutionary past. But it seems our anatomy reflects the importance of getting on with other people as well. As our new research published in Nature Ecology and Evolution [Supraorbital morphology and social dynamics in human evolution, abstract only] suggests, the ability to look either intimidating or friendly is reflected in our bones – at least where the shape of the skulls is concerned.
[O]ur latest research may have found an answer to explain why archaic humans had such a pronounced wedge of bone over their eyes (and why modern humans don’t). And it seems to be down to the fact that our highly movable eyebrows can be used to express a wide range of subtle emotions – which could have played a crucial role in human survival.
That may be interesting, but it’s all wrong. For accurate information about eyebrows — and everything else — you have to ask Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: The Evolution of the Eyebrow? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The fossil record shows a great deal of diversity among post-Flood humans (scientists haven’t found any pre-Flood humans as of yet). [Hee hee!] Some of this diversity is shown in skull shape. Many ancient humans had much thicker brow ridges than we do today. Evolutionary scientists have tried to explain why humans lost these more robust faces. Their newest story — social communication.
Hambo provides a link to an article about the research in The Guardian: Raising eyebrows: how evolution gave us expressive faces . The headline alone was enough to infuriate him. He says:
This story is nothing more than that — a story. It’s a fairy tale! The reason these scientists can’t understand the variety among humans is because they come from the wrong starting point.
Ooooooooooooh! What’s the right starting point? Hambo tells us:
When we start with God’s Word, we know these humans didn’t live at separate times as they were evolving to so-called modern man. They all lived at roughly the same time — after the Flood.
Fascinating! He finishes with this:
These are post-Babel people (all descended from Adam and Eve and then through Noah and his family) who spread around the world after the languages were divided. The more robust face was just part of the variety God built into the human genome.
Now you know where your eyebrows come from. The only question we have is why those researchers didn’t just ask Hambo for the answer. Instead, they wasted their time and now they look like fools!
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