What about that chart that shows a line of monkeys and apes evolving into man? Isn’t that proof of evolution?
Well, not exactly. That chart is an artist’s illustration, not proof. I searched on the internet, and couldn’t find any articles claiming that the apes to man chart is definitive proof of evolution.
So what about all the bones that have been found through the years, like Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal Man?
I also did a little research on the web of different fossil finds. As you can imagine, there is debate on both sides, but what about hard, conclusive proof?
There are some fossils that look like ape-men, but some scientists have determined that they fall into the range of either human or apes. Some have concluded that Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal were humans, and that Lucy (Australopithecus) was an ape.
Other famous finds, like Piltdown Man, were exposed as hoaxes. Other claims, like Java Man, were made through sloppy science. Nebraska Man was claimed to be a higher ape by a single tooth, but it was later determined to be a pig’s tooth.
Other evidence is fragmentary. Peking Man was based on partial craniums and lower jaws, not complete skulls. Other finds were human and animal bones mixed together, or spread out over a large area.
I encourage people to do their own research. If you look at the evolution fossil claims closely, I think you’ll find they’re not conclusive. The apes to man chart may look plausible, but the actual fossil evidence is weak and/or controversial at best.
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