Posts Tagged ‘The Descent of Man’

Africa or Asia; Evolution in Anarchy

Archicebus archillesOne of the most widely accepted models of human evolution is dubbed the ‘out-of-Africa theory. Charles Darwin was one of the first to propose the descent of all humans from a common ancestor in Africa.

After studying the behavior of African apes, Darwin argued in the Descent of Man, “that our early progenitors lived on the African continent than elsewhere.” Not everyone, however, agreed with Darwin even during his lifetime. Darwin’s Bulldog, Thomas Huxley, supported Darwin’s ‘out-of-Africa’ theory, while German embryologist Ernst Haeckel advanced the ‘out-of-Asia’ theory. Since then, not much has changed.

In the prestigious Nature journal, an international team of scientists published their paper entitled “The oldest known primate skeleton and early haplorhine evolution” after studying the evidence for ten years lead by Xijun Ni of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. Haplorhini is a ‘dry-nosed’ primate that includes a family known as tarsiers— a primate fossil found in Asia.  

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Darwin Wrong, Again

Bart, Chris IIIn a survey of more than 600 board directors by lead researcher Chris Bart, professor of Strategic Market Leadership at the DeGroote School of Business of McMaster University in Canada, found women to perform better as corporate leaders than men.

Bart, along with Gregory McQueen, senior executive associate dean at Western University of Health Sciences in Arizona, published their results in the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics.

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Smithsonian Story of Human Evolution, a Scientific Vacuum

“Human evolution is the lengthy process of change by which people originated from apelike ancestors,” according to the Smithsonian Institute presentation entitled “Introduction to Human Evolution”.

The Smithsonian declares that the “[s]cientific evidence show that the physical and behavioral traits shared by all people originated from apelike ancestors and evolved over a period of approximately six million years.” This forward sounding statement, however, is scientifically unsound.
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Lincoln & Darwin, Contrasts of Notoriety and Consequences

On February 12, 1809, 203 years ago Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the very same day. Today, while both are honored on their countries’ paper currency, Lincoln on the U.S. five-dollar bill and Darwin on the English ten-pound note, they were born into two different worlds, with two different destinies.

America was bracing for a civil war. England was on the verge of entering the Victorian era and the height of the Industrial Revolution with an unprecedented prosperity. Continue Reading

Paleoanthropology, a Legacy of Contention

Paleoanthropology, the study of human origins, is unquestionably one of today’s most contentious topics with the evolution industry. Charles Darwin in The Descent of Man only tentatively suggested that humans may have originated from an ancestor on the continent of Africa.

“On the Birthplace and Antiquity of Man… it is somewhat more probable that our early progenitors lived on the African continent than elsewhere. But it is useless to speculate on this subject.” Charles Darwin, 1871

On the one hand, speculating on the subject of human origins, was “useless” yet in The Origin of Species, Darwin countered this argument by noting that “We should always look for forms intermediate between each species and a common but unknown progenitor.” Over the past 150 years, then, in the midst of this confusion, evolutionists have continued to look for the intermediate species leading to humans. Continue Reading

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Darwin, Then and Now is a journey through the most amazing story in the history of science - the history of evolution. The book encapsulates who Darwin was, what he said, and what scientists have discovered since the publication of The Origin of Species in 1859.

With over 1,000 references, Darwin Then and Now is a historical chronicle of the rise and fall of the once popular theory of biological evolution.