I’m getting my ear trumpet out so I can listen for the first howls of glee from the
howler monkeys err Creationists err Intelligent Designers.
Once again Science is doing its job, adjusting theory to match newly discovered facts. Homo Habilis and Homo Erectus are seen as two of the steps taken on the long march from the trees to Homo Sapiens.
It was assumed that, since there was no proven overlap of these two species, that they did, in fact, succeed each other.
Now researchers in Kenya have found remains of these two species which appear to show that they co-existed for around half a million years.
This leads to two possibilities. Either they were both descendants of an earlier species, or Erectus evolved from Habilus and they lived together until Habilus finally became extinct.
If we look at the example of Homo Neanderthalus and Homo Sapiens who co-existed in Europe for tens of thousands of years, and at the assorted species of Chimpanzees currently co-existing in the worlds, then it becomes obvious that co-existence between other, older, species in the human family is quite feasible.
It means changing the way we look at the evolution of man. It means that science may have had the wrong idea. Not about evolution, but about how it worked in this case. Possibly the Human Family Tree is fluffier than previously thought. The “straight line” diagram above may not be correct. Perhaps ancestral species walked alongside their descendants.
And so the Creationists will do what they do best.
They will bray to the Heavens that Evolution has been disproved. They will claim once again that this proves creationism. That Evolution should be kicked out of the classroom and replaced with the absolutely correct and unchanging facts of
Creationism Intelligent Design.
Never mind that there isn’t a single fact to shore up this weird delusion. Never mind that the only research is done inside the pages of one book, not in the real world. Intelligent Design does not change its premise or its appearance. It is always correct.
Hear, have a listen to my ear trumpet, I think I hear the braying beginning.