What a happy coincidence! First we have this from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. It’s titled Refuting Ape-Men Myths, written by Brian Thomas.
He’s described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” Here’s ICR’s biographical information on him. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his brief post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
I’m Brian Thomas, Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research. [Hi, Brian!] My wife and I have five college-age kids. We look forward to the day when we can take them and their friends who have heard about evolution their whole lives to the ICR Discovery Center. Powerful, Bible-confirming science will pack every room.
Ooooooooooooh! Bible-confirming science! Then he says:
Ape-men myths are one of the most persuasive icons of evolution. In the Discovery Center, we’ll highlight scientific evidence that shows we descended from Adam, not apes. Genetics confirms this, and all of the relevant fossils look like either apes or men, leaving no support for human evolution.
One more excerpt — a pitch for money:
Please support this project. Your gift will help make this unprecedented creation experience a reality.
But wait! Before you write that check, dear reader, take a look at what just popped up at PhysOrg: ‘Uniquely human’ muscles have been discovered in apes. They say, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Muscles once thought ‘uniquely human’ have been discovered in several ape species, challenging long-held theories on the origin and evolution of human soft tissues. The findings question the anthropocentric view that certain muscles evolved for the sole purpose of providing special adaptations for human traits, such as walking on two legs, tool use, vocal communication and facial expressions. Published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, the study highlights that thorough knowledge of ape anatomy is necessary for a better understanding of human evolution.
This is the paper they’re talking about: First Detailed Anatomical Study of Bonobos Reveals Intra-Specific Variations and Exposes Just-So Stories of Human Evolution, Bipedalism, and Tool Use. You can read it on-line without a subscription. PhysOrg tells us:
“This study contradicts key dogmas about human evolution and our distinct place on the ‘ladder of nature,'” says Rui Diogo, an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy at Howard University, Washington, USA. “Our detailed analysis shows that in fact, every muscle that has long-been accepted as ‘uniquely human’ and providing ‘crucial singular functional adaptations’ for our bipedalism, tool use and vocal and facial communications is actually present in the same or similar form in bonobos and other apes, such as common chimpanzees and gorillas.”
Egad — we really are kin to the monkeys! PhysOrg continues:
Long-standing evolutionary theories are largely based on the bone structures of prehistoric specimens — and, according to Diogo, also on the idea that humans are necessarily more special and complex than other animals. These theories suggest that certain muscles evolved in humans only, giving us our unique physical characteristics. However, verification of these theories has remained difficult due to scant descriptions of soft tissues in apes, which historically have mainly focused on only a few muscles in the head or limbs of a single specimen. Diogo explains, “There is an understandable difficulty in finding primate, and particularly ape, specimens to dissect as they are so rare both in the wild and museums.”
Skipping to the end, they quote Diogo one last time:
He concludes, “Most theories of human evolution give the impression that humans are markedly distinct from apes anatomically, but these are unverifiable ‘just-so stories’. The real evidence shows we are not so different overall. This study highlights that a thorough knowledge of ape anatomy is necessary for a better understanding of our own bodies and evolutionary history.“
One question remains: Will ICR include this new data in their Discovery Center? Perhaps you should ask Brian, before you make that contribution.
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