Friday, October 23, 2009

Fossil Hailed As Man's Ancestor: “Darwinius Masillae (Ida) Not Even Close Relative”

In an earlier post entitled, "Is This Truly the Missing Link??" (5-22-09), I said this:

    I have held off on this topic a bit to read a bit more on it. With the past conclusions made by the evolutionary community in the past about supposed missing links and their turning out to be fraud, fiction, or misinterpreted... I am always skeptical of people who interpret the world thusly:

    • Even if all the data point to an intelligent designer, such an hypothesis is excluded from science because it is not naturalistic. (Correspondence to Nature, 410 [6752], 30 September, 1999).

    May I be so bold as to submit that with the track record of "scientism" that maybe they are wrong on this as well. Apologetic Press does a good job on exposing the infighting already that has surrounded this fossil. I will post a portion of their summation as well as a section of other supposed missing links taken from the book, The Face That Demonstrates The Farce Of Evolution....

      Yesterday, the Times OnLine had this title: "Fossil hailed as Man's ancestor is 'not even close relative,'" in which they say:

      It was billed as one of the most important fossil finds in history, a “missing link” that would challenge everything we knew about human evolution.

      Darwinius masillae, the primitive primate that was unveiled to the world with huge fanfare and a Sir David Attenborough documentary in May, seems now to have been less of a missing link than an evolutionary dead end. Far from being an ancestor to humans, the lemur-like creature from 47 million years ago belongs to an entirely different branch of the primate family tree that has left no known descendants, research has indicated.

      When Jørn Hurum, of the University of Oslo Natural History Museum, announced the discovery of the astonishingly well-preserved fossil, he described it as “the first link to all humans”. He nicknamed the animal “Ida” after his daughter, and a promotional website, a film and a book claimed that she could have been the common ancestor of all modern monkeys and apes, a relic of a critical branching moment in human evolution. Sir David, who narrated the documentary, said:

      • “This little creature is going to show us our connection with the rest of all mammals. The link they would have said until now is missing, is no longer missing.”

      The discovery of fossils of another similar animal from 37 million years ago has now cast grave doubt on that idea. Both Darwinius masillae and the new primate, Afradapis longicristatus, appear to belong to a different lineage, closer to lemurs than monkeys and apes, that died out without modern descendants....

      ...Dr Seiffert said:

      • The PR hype surrounding the Darwinius description was very confusing. The uninformed observer watching the associated documentary certainly must have come away with a very different view — specifically that Darwinius truly was a critically important link in the origin of higher primates, if not the origin of apes or even humans."

      (Emphasis added) Oooops, another one bites the dust. Everyone but the committed naturalist knew that that "documentary" was more of a propaganda piece.