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New evolutionary theory sounds strangely biblical

A 400,000-year-old fractured human skull has been found. But the conclusion it’s driving represents a total paradigm shift for the evolutionary model.

The evolutionary model proclaims that life on earth arose from non-life (somehow). If it didn’t, then it was deposited here by an extraterrestrial object, such as a meteor. That doesn’t answer the question of how life arose in the first place, but it can serve as a distraction to inquisitive people.

EVOLUTIONARY ADAM AND EVE

From that original primordial goo came the diverse display of plant, animal, and human life that we have before us today. Humans and monkeys came from the same common ancestor, we’re told. We’ve never found evidence of this common ancestor, but we are assured (by faith?) that it was real.

Evolutionists criticize Christians for believing that all humans can trace their lineage back to a common set of parents: Adam and Eve. And yet, they see nothing absurd about tracing not just humanity, but all of life in pretty much any form, back to a pile of primordial slime. Trees, humans, dogs, cats, and all.

Anyway, humans are said to have arisen hundreds of thousands of years ago in a slowly evolving process. Wikipedia reports:

Early hominins—particularly the australopithecines, whose brains and anatomy are in many ways more similar to ancestral non-human apes—are less often referred to as “human” than hominins of the genus Homo. Several of these hominins used fire, occupied much of Eurasia, and gave rise to anatomically modern Homo sapiens in Africa about 200,000 years ago. They began to exhibit evidence of behavioral modernity around 50,000 years ago. In several waves of migration, anatomically modern humans ventured out of Africa and populated most of the world.

And then there’s the Neanderthal. He’s a tricky one. Is he human, or not? Wikipedia summarizes the historical confusion:

Due to accumulating genetic and fossil evidence suggesting Neanderthals evolved in Europe separately from modern humans in Africa for over 600,000 years, paleontologists generally classify them as a distinct species, Homo neanderthalensis. From the 1950s to the early 1980s, however, Neanderthals were widely considered a subspecies of Homo sapiens (H. s. neanderthalensis) and a minority of scholars still hold this view.

TROUBLE WITH THE MODEL

But now, new evidence continues to upset the prevailing evolutionary theories and timelines. The recent discovery of supposedly ancient skeletal remains is challenging the traditional model. It seems it contains combinations of traits of both Neanderthal and early humans, called Homo Erectus.

There are also troubles with placing the new fossils in the conventional timelines.

So one of the scientists who discovered the fossils has proposed a new, simpler idea: all the different species of ancient humans weren’t actually different species. They were just the same species of human, expressing differences through genetic variation. Just like we see today.

But Dr. Trinkaus says it might be simpler than that. “What this fossil does for me is it reinforces what I’ve maintained for some time that this is all just normal variation,” he tells the Monitor in a phone interview. In that view, some groups of archaic humans would have been particularly uniform in their traits, while others may have interbred or developed a variety of traits.

In other words, humanity is a unified creation. There weren’t different species of humans who evolved differently from one another, who branched from a common ancestor. They’re the same. They look different. The skeletons vary here and there. But they’ve probably always been the same.

This sounds a lot like the biblical account of the origin and development of the human race. Just don’t tell them that. Let’s see how far down this road they’ll go before they realize what they’re stepping into.

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