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World’s Oldest Human Skeleton Found?

October 2, 2009

Have you seen the news about Ardi? Apparently Lucy has been replaced as the earliest skeleton of a human ancestor. See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33110809/ns/technology_and_science-science/.

Here’s an excerpt from “World’s oldest human-linked skeleton found - ‘Ardi’ predates Lucy by a million years, changes scientific view of origins”
By Randolph E. Schmid
The Associated Press
updated 4:23 p.m. PT, Thurs., Oct . 1, 2009

WASHINGTON - The story of humankind is reaching back another million years with the discovery of “Ardi,” a hominid who lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia.
The 110-pound, 4-foot female roamed forests a million years before the famous Lucy, long studied as the earliest skeleton of a human ancestor.
This older skeleton reverses the common wisdom of human evolution, said anthropologist C. Owen Lovejoy of Kent State University.
Rather than evolving from an ancient chimplike creature, the new find provides evidence that chimps and humans evolved from some long-ago common ancestor — but each evolved and changed separately along the way. “This is not that common ancestor, but it’s the closest we have ever been able to come,” said Tim White, director of the Human Evolution Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.


Does this mean all of the books used in schools to teach the Theory of evolution are going to be recalled and reprinted. Are they going to say that there was an error in the original scientific knowledge? Or will there be some way of saying that even though this “reverses the common wisdom of human evolution”, it’s not a problem at all – in fact it fits right in with the theory?

Well, do not be troubled. It has already happened – in that very same article.

“Darwin said we have to be really careful. The only way we’re really going to know what this last common ancestor looked like is to go and find it. Well, at 4.4 million years ago we found something pretty close to it,” White said. “And, just like Darwin appreciated, evolution of the ape lineages and the human lineage has been going on independently since the time those lines split, since that last common ancestor we shared.”

{White would be Tim White, director of the Human Evolution Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley}

So it seems the evolutionists are still looking for that last common ancestor. Well, without getting into the actual age of the earth (because that would be a whole other entry), consider this:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth,
to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Notice - “God Said” and “God created”. These words have not changed – ever. There has never been any backtracking on what was meant. Never was there a need to explain away any inconsistencies. He never needed a press agent or spokesperson to put a spin on bad news. Truth has a way of being like that.

So – we have a theory that needs some revisions, and we have the Truth that still stands. What does that mean? For those who have eyes to see, what about the fact that we already know who that common “ancestor” is? God created man in his own image. The search for anything else is nothing but the search for a lie.

I could go on about the age of the earth or the whole evolutionary process that’s put forth by some scientists – but that’s for another day. By the way, there are many scientists who are Christians that will tell you that evolution is flat out wrong – that the creation above is true. But for now, to keep this simple – let’s talk about one thing at a time.

Don’t put another god before our God. In this case – the “god” of science called the theory of evolution. God has created many wonderful things in this world, including us – His children. He gave His only Son for us, so that we may have eternal life. He has promised us peace (although not necessarily here on earth). He has great plans for us. Why would we want to turn any of that down? He’s offered it to us – and all we have to do is accept it.

Know this one Truth: God is our Father; we are His children; therefore – He is the “ancestor” that evolution is searching for. Don’t be swayed by scientists who don’t know God. Trust your Father – He wouldn’t lie to you.