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Author Topic:   Where are all the apes leading up to humans?
Coyote
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Message 29 of 67 (653376)
02-20-2012 12:53 PM
Reply to: Message 22 by CrytoGod
02-20-2012 12:07 PM


Scientists expected to find gradual transitions in the fossil record (hence the quotes).

So evolutionists can't even use the sub humans became extinct explanation when there is no solid scientific evidence they existed. It is well known the fossil record doesn't support their story and that is why they conjured up the ad hoc explanation punctuated equilibrium to cover up their failed expectation.


So do you have any evidence that punctuated equilibrium is incorrect?

It is the nature of science to work toward increased accuracy. So the increase in accuracy that the idea of punctuated equilibrium provides is now used by creationists to denigrate science? Bit of a double standard, eh?

By the way, one of my Ph.D. subjects (a while back) was fossil man so don't plan on pulling any hats out of your rabbit.


Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.

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Message 66 of 67 (653735)
02-24-2012 12:15 AM


A new article
How We Won the Hominid Wars, and All the Others Died Out

http://discovermagazine.com/...3-how-we-won-the-hominid-wars

How did our species come to rule the planet? Rick Potts argues that environmental instability and disruption were decisive factors in the success of Homo sapiens: Alone among our primate tribe, we were able to cope with constant change and turn it to our advantage. Potts is director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Origins Program, curator of anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and curator of the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, which opened at that museum last year. He also leads excavations in the East African Rift Valley and codirects projects in China that compare early human behavior and environments in eastern Africa with those in eastern Asia. Here Potts explains the reasoning behind his controversial idea.

Why did our close relatives—from Neanderthals to their 
recently discovered cousins, the Denisovans, to the hobbit people of Indonesia—die out while we became a global success?


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That is the million-dollar question. My view is that great variability in our ancestral environment was the big challenge of human evolution. The key was the ability to respond to those changes. We are probably the most adaptable mammal that has ever evolved on earth. Just look at all the places we can live and the way we seek out novel places to explore, such as space.

The classic view of human evolution doesn’t emphasize adaptability. It focuses more on the idea that we were inevitable: that famous march from ape to human. It’s a ladder of progress with simple organisms at the bottom and humans at the top. This idea of inevitability runs deep in our societal assumptions, probably because it’s comforting—a picture of a single, forward trajectory, ending in modern humans as the crown of creation.

But recently discovered fossils show an incredible diversity in the human family tree. That seems like the opposite of a ladder.


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