Originally posted by solardez
in regards to the OP, and that this is ATS, i find it intriguing that there are those who vehemently subscribe to the theory of man evolving from
...generally without understanding that it's "man from hominid" not man from ape. Apes and hominids diverged from a common ancestor (actually, it
appears that the apes are the divergent group. Not devolved. Just "took a different path" like dogs and wolves did from a common older canine
for there Are inconsistencies with the official theory...
Some of these are "what people believe -- people who heard of the theory but haven't really read what it's all about."
the sudden appearance of homo sapiens in regard to the widely accepted theory of evolution...
Actually, homo sapiens didn't "suddenly appear." There were a good 8 or 10 species of hominids (who looked pretty much like us... give them a good
hair cut, put them in jeans and a tee shirt, and you'd probably never notice them walking down the street.
If you want a good comparison of something that evolved into as many complex species (as the hominid line) in just as short a time period (six million
years), take a look at the evolutionary history of the deer.
the loss of hair,
Actually, we don't know how much hair early hominids have. **ARTISTS** were the ones who drew them hairy and chimplike to say 'PRIMITIVE MAN
HERE!' It's a holdover from the British imperial view that anyone not British was actually an inferior species and very close to ape-like (this
also included Native Americans.) There's some new work by museums in Germany that present sculptures of our ancestors WITHOUT chimp hairstyles, and
they look pretty modern.
the use of tools,
Wasn't that sudden, and a number of animals use tools... chimps use sticks to hit animals they hunt, for instance (and no, we're not descended from
chimps. They're our cousins.)
the sudden transition of diets (herbivore to omnivore)
Hominid fossil teeth show they were all omnivores (to the best of my knowledge, from looking at the things.
the loss of muscle strength, the need to walk upright...
Dunno about loss of muscle strength. That has to do with body shape and bone modifications (including the placement of the collar bone.)
what actually propagated such changes?
Same thing that caused deer to change from stocky, horned creatures with long fangs (yes, really...though they were herbivores) into whitetails, mule
deer, and others.
also consider that there Are numerous ancient accounts from various cultures - including the bible - that speak clearly of man being Created.
And in various ways, multiple creations, or simply "just appearing." It depends on which mythology you study. If humans had DNA that was NOT
similar to any other creature on the planet and just appeared (with no other similar species around) in the fossil record, "created species" would
be a darn good guess. We're close enough to Neanderthals (who were here before h. sapiens) to have interbred with them and probably the other
hominids like h. erectus -- which means all three species had a common ancestor.
All three came from one older form of hominid. Otherwise they wouldn't be the same species.
And they couldn't breed with each other.
there Is something amiss with the widely accepted theory of man's evolution.
I agree... but what I feel is amiss is that people aren't actually reading about it (like on talkorigins.org, where they have all this stuff laid
out.) They hear a few sentences and arguments and proceed as though they've heard the whole story.