Thursday, 5 April 2012
New Fossil Find: An Ape That Lived in a Tree at the Same Time as Lucy
Evolutionists almost always assume that Lucy had big feet although her foot bones have not been found.
Some old fossils make headlines in the popular media and some don’t. Recently, the journal Nature reported on the discovery of toe bones found in Ethiopia. What is interesting is that they were found in the same layer as Lucy or Australopithecus afarensis – and in the same region – Afar that gave Lucy her last name afarensis.
They have been dated at approximately as old as A. afarensis or 3.4 million years.
However, they have not attracted much attention – probably because they are so clearly the curved toe bones of an ape living in a tree.
Some researchers, for instance Yohannes Haile-Selassie, who led the team that wrote the paper, think that the new find resembles Ardi (Ardipithecus ramidus). They have not yet given it a name, as they are not sure what species it belongs to.
Our purported family tree has to be redrawn – for the umpteenth time. Certainly no evidence for evolution.
Switek, Brian. 2012. Ancient human ancestor had feet like an ape. Nature news (28 March).