Alley Oop, if you lie to me one more time ...
Columnist and radio host Frank Pastore has some fun with recent discoveries that considerably complicate our view of human evolution:
First, as reported here on August 9, two alleged ancestors of man, Homo Erectus and Homo Habilis, were found to be living together about 1.5 million years ago (MYA). This is a big deal because Erectus was supposed to have evolved from Habilis before later evolving into Sapiens (us). Think of it as finding out dad and grandpa were actually brothers, not father and son.
Omigolly! B.C., help me outside! I need air ...
The second discovery, reported here, pushed the hypothetical human-ape split back another 10 million years, to now around 20 MYA. How so? The traditional theory is that man evolved from chimps about 6 MYA, chimps evolved from gorillas about 8 MYA, and gorillas evolved from orangutans about 14 MYA. But, with the discovery of a 10.5 million year old gorilla in Africa, this pushes the human-ape split back to at least 20 MYA.
But between 15-20 MYA, there were dozens of primate species in Africa, and the hominid trail goes completely cold after 7 MYA. It looks like a dead end-or to the true believer, at least a serious detour over uncharted territory.
Bottom line, not only do we find that dad and grandpa were brothers, but now we find out that we were adopted-or created.
Alley Oop, come on. Admit it. You've been LYING to me ...
The real fun, actually, is the combox (1164 comments), many of them seemingly aggrieved that anyone would construe from these discoveries that scientists know little of human origins. I myself can think of no other reasonable conclusion.
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