Fossils challenge human evolution theory, according to reports in BBC News, ABC (Australia) News in Science, and Nature, vol 448, p688, 9 Aug 2007. A team of palaeontologists, including members of the Leakey family, have found "two new cranial fossils" in the Koobi Fora Formation, east of Lake Turkana, Kenya. One specimen is part of an upper jawbone that has been classified as Homo habilis and is dated as being 1.44 million years old. The other specimen is a calvarium (braincase without the face) that has been classified as Homo erectus and is dated as being 1.55 million years old. Homo habilis was believed to have evolved into Homo erectus , but the close dates for these specimens indicates that they both lived together. Maeve Leakey commented: "Their co-existence makes it unlikely that Homo erectus evolved from Homo habilis . The braincase volume is estimated as 691 cubic cm - considerably smaller than other Homo erectus skulls. This finding has led the scientists to suggest the Homo erectus was very sexually dimorphic", i.e. males and females being very different in size, similar to gorillas.


Editorial Comment: Did you note the small amount of real evidence found, (part of a jawbone and the back of a skull). This is reminder that most evolutionary stories about apes evolving into people are not based on whole skeletons, but broken pieces of bone repaired with lots of imagination. We will also be more emphatic than Maeve Leakey and say finding two species within the one rock layer definitely means that one did not evolve into the other. It is no surprise to us when creatures previously claimed to have lived at different times turn out merely to be dead at the same time in the same place. Genesis tells us that all land dwelling animals and man were made on the same day and therefore lived alongside one another until some died out. (Ref. hominids, anthropology, ape-men)

Evidence News 27 May 2009



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