posted on May, 16 2009 @ 03:39 PM
Well, while this may not be most important find in history, it is an important find, and worthy of special attention. Why? For the simple reason that
almost half of Americans (and probably a good share of Europeans) by latest polls do not believe in Evolution
. Meaning that they do not believe in the possibility that humans (among other animals) are descended from less advanced creatures. If
this fossil is as complete and revealing as the NY Times article quoted above says, it may mean that for the first time, there is fossilized proof of
a transitional species.
Creationists have long argued that if evolution was true, why haven't there been any finds of missing links - particularly in the human line? While
some species have been identified by paleontologists as transitional, the examples cited are not so obvious that the common person can identify it and
believe it themself. That's a problem for science in general - conveying conclusions that are based on obscure and complex data elements, in a manner
that most people 'get'.
So if this species is indeed protosimian with soft tissue and hair identifiable, that is a hugely important find. It would in fact represent something
that is not already clearly an ape, monkey, or orangutang. Since I have not seen the show yet, I am only hoping this is the case.
So, if this find, converts even a few percent of people from creation to evolution, then its a win for the progress of science and western
civilization's true ideals. Even better, perhaps some of them are in positions to discourage the inacting of laws that restrict scientific progress -
like stem cell research.
And before anyone blasts me for being blind to the good things about creationism (yes I do think there are some good things to it), let me just say
that in my view, accepting in the process of evolution does not necessarily mean that one must abandon belief in a higher being or god. The two are