24 July 2001

POINTS OF ORIGINS: Another Missing Link?

by Dr. Glenn Jackson


I enjoy your columns in the paper. I am curious as to your take on the fossils found recently in Ethiopia that are the oldest links to humans. I am a Christian; just wondering what your thoughts were. Thanks so much,

Garry from Alcoa

Dear Garry,

The news you've heard about the latest "missing link" fossil is just more evolution propaganda. Let me to tell you what they really found and how they came to their conclusions. You can check the facts in the July 12 issue of Nature magazine, and also the July 14 issue of Science News.

The pieces of bones and teeth of Ardipithecus, could all fit in palms of your hands cupped together. That's not very much evidence, but it's all we found. Also, we know that the bones did not all come from the same creature. They are a collection from at least five different individuals. This sort of mix-and-match bone collecting has led to many mistakes with fossils before. Remember the brontosaurus? It never existed. Somebody took a bunch of bones from different dinosaurs and put the wrong head on the wrong body. Oops. For another example, three years ago I watched evolutionists explain on every major TV network news program that night, how they had found the "missing link" between dinosaurs and birds. (Yes, many of them do believe that humming birds evolved from dinosaurs!) Soon after, it was discovered that somebody had glued a little dinosaur tail onto the body of a bird fossil. Why didn't that discovery make the network news? Hmm.

The Ethiopian fossil is supposed to be over five million years old. How do they know? The potassium-argon method was used. This measures the amount of argon gas found trapped in ancient lava rock near the fossil. The more argon, the older the fossil ... or so the story goes. "This gas accumulates at a known rate in rocks and minerals." (Science News, 7/14/01, page 20). This rate is not known. It is assumed. This assumption is based upon other evolutionary assumptions (see past articles on radiometric dating). Also, it is now known that fresh lava comes out of volcanoes with argon already in it. This is a fact of science; and it means that argon dating is messed up. They also used magnetic readings to date the Ardipithecus bone pieces. This method only works if you already believe the evolutionary story of the earth's magnetic field. Are you seeing a pattern?

Here's another problem with Ardipithecus for paleontologists (scientists who study fossils) who believe the evolution story. From one of the toe bones, they have decided that this creature walked upright like a human, instead of like a chimpanzee. Other evidence shows that this area was a forest when Ardipithecus lived there. This is a problem, because the evolution story says that the monkey-like creatures we came from started walking upright after the forest started to turn into grassland. The story goes that since we couldn't swing in the trees anymore, we needed to stand up in order to get around. It also says that we needed to stand up to be able to keep an eye out for lions and tigers and bears that might be sneaking up on us in the tall grass.

Really, all of this is only enough to convince somebody who already believes in the evolution story. The bones they found are the same size as the bones in chimpanzees that live today. Ardipithecus is just a handful of monkey bones. Think about it.

Dr. Glenn Jackson holds four degrees in science and education from George Mason University and University of Virginia. He has taught elementary through college level sciences for over twenty years and in four states. He is a lifetime member of both American Mensa and the Creation Research Society.

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