Not so much.
The frenzy has begun. Evolutionists are as excited as ever, with some claiming they have found the missing link, though it was hanging on some rich man’s wall for the last few decades before being discovered. Yet as loud and boisterous hardcore Darwinians want to preach their good news, their evidence is far from conclusive. The fossil find has been named Ida, and she is far from Cro-Magnon man or any type of missing link. In reality Ida is a Lemur who seems to display evidence of micro-evolution and not macro-evolution. What is the difference? Good question.
Micro-evolution has never been debated, everyone agrees on it. It is small adaptations over time such a beak becoming more narrow, thick, or sharp depending on what is most advantageous for its environmental needs. The controversy swells around macro-evolution, which claims that entirely new species emerge from other species going all the way back to one common life source (supposedly a pool of simple cells in primordial soup, which requires extreme amounts of faith to believe once you understand that a cell is more complex in structure than even the most complex machines humans can build.)
Truth be told the search for the missing link has been the Holy Grail for Darwinian Naturalists, as even Darwin himself said if the fossil record did not support his theory of gradual transitory change from one species to another over time then his theory of macro-evolution was bankrupt. So the question is, have we found it? Well I will let the experts speak here (from AP article).
Experts not connected with the discovery said the finding was remarkably complete because of features like stomach contents. But they questioned the conclusions of Hurum and his colleagues about how closely it is related to ancestors of monkeys and humans.
“I actually don’t think it’s terribly close to the common ancestral line of monkeys, apes and people,” said K. Christopher Beard of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. “I would say it’s about as far away as you can get from that line and still be a primate.”
Rather than a long-ago aunt, “I would say it’s more like a third cousin twice removed,” he said. So it probably resembles ancestral creatures “only in a very peripheral way,” he said.
John Fleagle of the State University of New York at Stony Brook said the scientists’ analysis provides only “a pretty weak link” between the new creature and higher primates, called anthropoids, that includes monkeys and man.
“It doesn’t really tell us much about anthropoid origins, quite frankly,” Fleagle said.
Needless to say, this fossil find is far from the missing link and is more hype than truth. In reality, Ida’s fossil appears to be really just a Lemur prior to minor adaptions. This could be considered big news if you are a fan of ancient zoology, but has little to do with proving what Darwin set out to explain; the origin of species.
Truth be told the scientists who are announcing Ida are looking for the biggest stage possible and the brightest spotlights they can find to share their interpretation of what they see in the fossil of Ida. Yet it is far from unbiased proven scientific fact. Other experts look at Ida and shrug, Why? Well that is because looking at Ida is like looking at a puffy cloud with friends; one of you might see a oil tanker, and someone else see’s a spaceship. Far from exact irrefutable proof.
So why all the hype? Why when I log onto Google this morning is their logo paying homage to this fossil find? Why is it plastered on every story I can find on the web this morning? Well that is because this is really not about fossils at all, it is about worldview. It is about proving that humans are merely animals and that there is nothing unique or transcendent about our existence. And if that is the case than we free to do as we please, our behavior does not matter, the way we treat others is cosmically inconsequential, and the reality of God is further debunked. Ida is not about science, Ida will become a worldview flag trumpeting forward secular humanism.
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