The Missing Link
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The "missing link", which is a transitional form between ape and man, is still missing ...
All fossils found so far that were originally thought to be the "missing link" have been re-classified as either human or ape. Neanderthals and Cro-magnon were humans. Ramapithecus, gigantopithecus and zinjanthropus were just apes.
One of the most famous "human" fossils was called Lucy (see left). This was the name given to the much promoted fossilised skeleton that was discovered during 1974 in Ethiopia by anthropologist Donald Johanson.
Lucy has served as the poster child for Darwinism ever since yet Anthropologists proved in 1987 that Lucy was just an ape, in fact, a male ape! Lucy is still claimed as a missing link in some textbooks around the world. The fossilised remains of Lucy (Australia Pithecus) are about 40% of the skeleton of a small ape. The hands and feet were more curved than a chimps and the ape would not have walked upright.
The modern diversity of mankind is amazing, take the human skull as an example. The picture to the right is of actor Hawthorne James, who played the bus driver "Sam" in the 1994 film Speed. He is over six feet tall, he has a very pronounced brow, and his skull is much larger than a shorter persons would tend to be. Similarly, the picture far right is of Clancy Brown, playing the character "Kurgan" from the 1986 film Highlander.
It is easy to see how false conclusions could be drawn from recovering a skull like this compared to a smaller skull without such a large brow. Other examples of varying skull shapes may be the result of bone-altering diseases such as rickets or Paget's disease.
Where certain characteristics are prominent, it would not be surprising to find these shared within certain closed people groups. As indicated by fossil evidence, this seems to be the explanation for the Neanderthals, a distinct people group that died out long ago who shared a pronounced brow.
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