Lucy’s Fall

For many decades’ evolutionists have looked for a way to connect man to its imagined animal ancestors.  The search for these “missing links” has been long, arduous, and full of frauds, forgeries, hoaxes, and creatures of pure imagination.  From Nebraska Man, ‘discovered’ in 1922, who was fabricated in entirety from a pig tooth all the way to Nutcracker Man, found in 1959, named for the fact that the lower jaw was much larger than the skull.  According to Ferrell (2001, p. 544), “this was probably another case of mismatched skull parts.”  Even the finder of Nutcracker Man, Louis Leakey, “conceded that [it] was just another ape skull” (Ferrell, 2001, p. 545)

One of the more well known attempts at linking humans to ape-like ancestors is known as Lucy.  Lucy was found by Donald C. Johanson in Hadar, Ethiopia in 1975.  Johanson initially dated the find at approximately three millions years B.P. [Before Present] (Ferrell, 2001, p. 542).  ABC recently had an article on their website by Catherine Thorbecke discussing what contemporary scientist believe was Lucy’s cause of death.  The articles manages to be both surprising and unsurprising at the same time. 

The article spans some 307 words and focuses on the belief that Lucy died by falling out of a tree.  In the passage, Thorbecke quotes a statement from University of Texas – Austin saying, “Lucy’s skeleton is one of the oldest and most complete fossils of an erect-walking hominin ever discovered.”  (Thorbecke, 2016)  This is interesting because  Jeremy Cherfjas, as cited in Ferrell (2001, p. 542), wrote in New Scientist, v. 97 (1982) that “Lucy’s ankle bone (talus) tilts backward like a gorilla, instead of forward as in human beings who need it so to walk upright.”  Cherfjas goes on to say that the differences between Lucy and human beings are “unmistakable.”  As far as her skeleton being the “most complete,” Peter Andrew (1984), of the British Museum of Natural History, wrote that “some researchers believe that the afarensis sample [Lucy] is really a mixture of two separate species.”  Andrew’s (1984) stated that the best evidence of this were the specimen’s knee and elbow joints.  In fact, Owen Lovejoy, who was an anatomist, stated at a 1979 lecture in the US analysis of the knee joint showed that it was an ape knee joint. (Ferrel, 2001, p. 543)  Lucy’s discoverer, Johanson, “originally described the fossils as… a species of man” thereafter decided that “the bones are too apelike in the jaws, teeth and skull to be considered [human]” (Milner, 1990, p. 285)   

Donald C. Johanson with Lucy remains  

Donald C. Johanson with Lucy remains  

Lucy was just another ape who walked around similar to gorillas and probably did live in trees.  Given that arboreal animals can fall out of trees and die, scientist shouldn’t be shocked that this was the possible cause of death for Lucy.  What is shocking is that John Kappelman, professor of anthropology at the university, calls Lucy “the fossil at the center of a debate about the role of arborealism in human evolution.”  (Thorbecke, 2016)  There is no evidence of any creature evolving into an ape or of an ape evolving into a human.  Darwinian evolution only exist in the imagination. 


References 

Andrews, Peter.  (1984).  The descent of man.  New Scientist, v. 102, 24. 

Ferrell, V.  (2001).  The evolution handbook. Altmont, TN:  Evolution Facts, Inc 

Milner, R.  (1990).  The encyclopedia ofevolution:  Humanity’s search for its origins.  (n.p.): Facts On File 

Thorbecke, C.  (2016, Aug 29).  New Research Suggests Lucy Died After Falling From Tree.   

Retrieved from:   http://abcnews.go.com/International/research-suggests-lucy-died-falling-tree/story?id=41719842 

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