Ten days ago PhysOrg had this article: How Stone Age humans unlocked the glucose in plants, which mentions evidence that early humans ate plants as well as animals. They say, with our bold font:
During the last glacial period when ice caps expanded to cover much of northern Europe, there was an explosion of a new technology driven by the need for processing new sources of plant food: the ground stone. It was a major evolutionary success, dating back about 30,000 years, says Dr. Emanuela Cristiani, associate professor in prehistoric archaeology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
That 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: Ground Stone: A Key to Human Evolution? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Acorn flour, bread made from cattail roots, and water lily tubers — do these sound appetizing? Well, maybe not to us, but according to a new study [He links to the PhysOrg article], ancient humans ate these foods and more. This study was exploring the diets of ancient man and they revealed a surprise (at least to those who think with an evolutionary worldview, anyway): past humans didn’t just eat meat — they ate plants, including plants they cooked or even ground into flour. This finding may be surprising to evolutionists, but it’s certainly not to those who start with God’s Word. It sounds normal for humans living in this fallen world.
Hambo wasn’t surprised by the discovery that humans were eating plants, but he still finds a lot to disagree about. He says:
This study claims that the discovery of the “ground stone” (a simple stone tool to grind food) was a key in our evolutionary success. With the ability to grind grains to make flour came the ability to unlock the glucose inside, which was important for nutrition. But this whole study is based on evolutionary assumptions about human evolution. [So it’s worthless!] The researchers believe we were hunter-gatherers (when we first came out of the trees, they’d say!) before slowly developing the technology to become farmers.
Hambo doesn’t like that! He tells us:
Now, this view does not match with what Scripture teaches about early man. Within just a few generations of Adam, mankind was making musical instruments and working with bronze and iron (Genesis 4:21–22) — Adam himself was to care for the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15), before being driven out of it because of sin (Genesis 3:23). And his sons were farming and raising livestock (Genesis 4:2). So there’s no slow progression from primitive brute to hunter-gatherer to farmer. Also, man was vegetarian until God said humans could eat meat (Genesis 9:3).
How could those scientists have been so wrong? Hambo explains:
So where does this supposed evolutionary progression come from? Well, because evolutionists start with the wrong starting point — millions of years and primitive man, descended from an ape-like ancestor — they interpret the evidence (tools of various materials, cave dwellings, etc.) incorrectly. The evidence doesn’t “speak for itself” — it’s interpreted within a worldview.
Then he tells us the proper worldview:
When we start with God’s Word, we know the world was destroyed by a global flood and people were scattered at the time of the Tower of Babel, not long after the flood. The flood was followed by an ice age, and people living in certain climates during this rough time in history had to make do with whatever they could find.
That’s from ol’ Hambo, so you know it’s The Truth™ (even though that ice age isn’t in the bible). He continues:
They weren’t unintelligent — they were surviving in a very difficult changed world. So it’s no surprise that some were hunting and foraging, using simple tools made from the available resources to prepare and cook this food. But at the same time, in other parts of the world, humans were innovating and using other materials (such as metals) to build their homes and modify the world around them.
Hambo wouldn’t give you anything but an accurate account of human history. Now we come to the end:
So was the discovery of a ground stone key in our evolutionary success? No, humans were intelligent and knew how to cook and prepare food from the very beginning.
Nothing really new there, but it’s good to see that ol’ Hambo is keeping his nose to the grindstone, so to speak.
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