Teeth Could Trim Branches

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Teeth could trim branches from human family tree, suggests an article in ScienceNOW 4 March 2004. Some newly discovered fossil teeth from Middle Awash in Ethiopia have enabled scientists to compare teeth from the three different "proto-human" genera – Ardipithecus, Orrion and Sahelanthropus. Each of these only consists of a few bones and teeth, and until now scientists did not have the same type of teeth from each fossil creature in order to make a comparison. A photo of the newly found teeth has the caption: "Ancient Ardipithecus teeth, which bear a striking resemblance to chimpanzee teeth, could shake up the human family tree." The reason for the "shake up" is explained in the article: "The apelike teeth from the three groups are so similar that the researchers suggest the species all belong to one genus, not three." Anthropologist Clark Howell of the University of California, Berkeley goes even further - he says the differences are so small that the three groups could even belong to one species.

Editorial Comment: The best explanation for teeth bearing "a striking resemblance to chimpanzee teeth" is that they really are chimpanzee teeth, and therefore have nothing to do with human evolution. The analysis of these teeth reveals one the major problems for evolutionists, i.e. most fossils claimed to be ape-human intermediates are usually fragments. Each newly found fossil fragment is given a separate classification in order to build up a picture of gradual transition from ape to human. However, when whole skeletons are found, they are either clearly ape or human. (Ref. teeth, ape, human)

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