3.6-Million-Year-Old Fossil Expands Human Family Tree

I’d like to make several points about the article and the following photos.
Here is a photo from the November, 2006 edition of National Geographic, that depicts the skeleton of Lucy, the purported “missing link” in the evolution of ape to man:

Lucy's Bone and Artist Conception

Interesting, huh? A full skeleton. But look at the actual “data”, or in this case, the bones, they had to work with:

Lucy's Bones

Notice how much of the top photo is artist conjecture. Is portraying a complete skeleton based on only having twenty percent of it, at best, good science? Is forensic science that good? It’s not like reconstructing a skeleton at a crime scene. We know what a modern person looks like, so filling in the missing pieces is so much easier. But in this case, we don’t have that information. Admittedly, having some of the long bones is helpful in determining height and stature, but 80% artist conjecture is not science.

Think about this folks. We are teaching an entire generation of children that this is fact, when in fact, if this information was presented in a trial, it is so flimsy that it would cause the case to be dismissed.

Let’s continue on.

In the article from Fox News, they discuss a new skeleton called Kadanuumuu, which means “big man” in the Afar language. Here is what is interesting about Kad; he predates Lucy by about 400,000 years and in the words of the projects lead author, Yohannes Haile-Selassie of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, “this individual was fully bipedal and had the ability to walk almost like modern humans.” [emphasis mine]

Notice what he said; “had the ability to walk almost like modern humans”

I know people today who “walk almost like modern humans”, myself included. So what is the difference?

Here’s his skeleton:

Kadanuumuu's Bones

Again, notice the lack of data, or bones. But also, once again, notice the presence of the long bones. A full skeleton would be mostly artist conjecture, but scientist most likely have enough evidence to determine his stature.

The joke is often made, “when did man begin to walk upright?” Apparently a lot older than any scientists thought. Maybe as far back as a certain garden…

Scientists may have found the great, great, great, etc., grandfather of the famous fossil Lucy.

A new partial skeleton of an early hominid known as Australopithecus afarensis was discovered in a mud flat of the Afar region of Ethiopia.

Dated about 3.6 million years ago, the find is about 400,000 years older than the famous Lucy, which was among the earliest upright walking hominids, researchers report in Tuesday’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The bones indicate this ancestor also walked upright, but was considerably larger than Lucy, who stood about 3.5 feet tall. Because of his size — he would have stood more than 5 feet tall — the new specimen has been named “Kadanuumuu,” which means “big man” in the Afar language.

“This individual was fully bipedal and had the ability to walk almost like modern humans,” said lead author Yohannes Haile-Selassie of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

“As a result of this discovery, we can now confidently say that Lucy and her relatives were almost as proficient as we are walking on two legs, and that the elongation of our legs came earlier in our evolution than previously thought,” he said in a statement.

Australopithecus afarensis is the best-known direct early human ancestor. Until now, the only partial skeleton assigned to this species was Lucy, the 3.2 million-year-old female discovered in 1974 by a team led by then Museum curator Dr. Donald Johanson.

“Ardi,” or Ardipithecus ramidus is a 4.4 million-year-old hominid species unveiled in October 2009 by a team that included Haile-Selassie, Lovejoy, and Museum scientists and associate researchers Dr. Linda Spurlock, Dr. Bruce Latimer and Dr. Scott Simpson. “Ardi” was named by the journal Science as breakthrough discovery of the year.

The find was made by an international team led by Haile-Selassie and Owen Lovejoy of the Cleveland museum. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Leakey Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

One last comment. Even Fox News is guilty of portraying the “evolution” of ape to human as fact, when it has yet to be the least bit proven. The saga continues…

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Also see:
Evolution’s Big Problems, Part 1.
Evolution’s Big Problems, Part 2.
Evolution’s Big Problems, Part 3.
Evolution’s Big Problems, Part 4.
Evolution’s Big Problems, Part 5.

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