Two weeks ago, PhysOrg ran this story: A taste for fat may have made us human, says study. It begins like this, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Long before human ancestors began hunting large mammals for meat, a fatty diet provided them with the nutrition to develop bigger brains, posits a new paper in Current Anthropology. The paper argues that our early ancestors acquired a taste for fat by eating marrow scavenged from the skeletal remains of large animals that had been killed and eaten by other predators. The argument challenges the widely held view among anthropologists that eating meat was the critical factor in setting the stage for the evolution of humans.
“Our ancestors likely began acquiring a taste for fat 4 million years ago, which explains why we crave it today,” says Jessica Thompson, the paper’s lead author and an anthropologist at Yale University. “The reservoirs of fat in the long bones of carcasses were a huge calorie package on a calorie-poor landscape. That could have been what gave an ancestral population the advantage it needed to set off the chain of human evolution.” Thompson, who recently joined Yale’s faculty, completed the paper while on the faculty at Emory University.
Here’s a link to Thompson’s paper, but without a subscription, all you can see is the abstract: Origins of the Human Predatory Pattern: The Transition to Large-Animal Exploitation by Early Hominins.
As you might imagine, all this talk of human evolution has infuriated 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: Did a “Taste for Fat” Make Us Human? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
It’s long been an evolutionary puzzle as to how early humans got the bigger brains they needed to evolve into modern humans. Well, a new study proposes maybe it was a taste for fat that did it — and that’s why we still crave fat today. Evolutionists currently believe supposed primitive humans began eating meat as they evolved. Now it’s proposed it was fat that enabled them to grow bigger brains!
That’s blasphemy! Hambo says:
I have one word to describe this research: fairytale. [Hooray for Hambo!] This is nothing more than a story concocted to try and explain the supposed evolution of humans from non-humans.
After that righteous outburst, he tells us:
No observational evidence backs up any such idea (although they say they are going to start “looking for evidence of bone-smashing behavior in early human ancestors”). The suggestion now is instead of looking for intact bones in the fossil record, we should look at all the broken ones as we’ll supposedly find the ones our ape-like “ancestors” smashed to get the fat to evolve the bigger brains. Wow!
“Wow” indeed. Hambo’s rant continues:
This incredible “scientific” research will no doubt be taught in the public-school classroom — but don’t mention God created human beings as that’s such a way-out idea!
Yeah — each of those ideas is just as scientific as the other. Let’s read on:
A taste for fat didn’t make us human. No amount of nutrition is going to add the necessary information to form the amazingly complex human brain — not to mention all the other anatomical distinctives that make us human. … We’re human because God created us male and female in his image (Genesis 1:27). We didn’t evolve from some ape-like ancestor. We were created by God, fully formed and functioning, from the very beginning.
Okay, that’s pretty much all Hambo has to say on this topic. Now it’s up to you, dear reader. Did we evolve from a bunch of fat-sucking apes? That’s the Darwinists’ theory. If you like it, go for it. But you’ll pay the price for eternity.
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