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Creation: Proposition 12

How do you as a creationist explain human fossils?

Response

Dr. Coss: Now, this is a very interesting area; I'm glad the question was asked.

One thing that I have noticed, and I think is well documented in many very good books written by creationists and recognized and agreed on even within the literature by evolutionary biologists, is that there is a remarkable lack of evidence when it comes to human evolution and human fossils. In fact, a number of authors have suggested that if worldwide you took all of the fossils dealing with human evolution, you could put them all in one coffin. Therefore we don't have an abundance of material, but in fact, a marked paucity of fossil evidence. Now the thing that I find really fascinating is, that when you go back historically, you will find, for example, Thomas Huxley, with his famous drawings going from the ape to man. His philosophical bias was so evident in that we had these drawings before there was any fossil evidence dealing with human evolution. These drawings, of course, show the gradual transition of primates to humans, and since that time, these drawings have persisted and all fossil finds are forced to fit into that preexisting framework. Now, I would suggest to you that as you study this area that you not really be very alarmed because the Bible is so very clear that God created man as a separate entity.

Let me read you just a very few quick quotes that would give you some sense of the feeling within the evolutionary community. The following quotes are from In Search of Deep Time Beyond the Fossil Record to a New History of Life, 1999. "No fossil is buried with its birth certificate, and the intervals of time that separate fossils are so huge that we cannot say anything definite about their possible connection through ancestry and descent." We'll go on; this book says that, "Each fossil is an isolated point with no knowable connections to any other given fossil and all float around in an overwhelming sea of gaps." This section concludes by saying in regard to the conventional presentation of human evolution, "[it is] a completely human invention created after the fact shaped to accord with human prejudices." "To take a line of fossils and claim that they represent a lineage is not a scientific hypothesis that can be tested, but an assertion that carries the same validity as a bedtime story—amusing, perhaps even instructive, but not scientific."

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