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New Fossil Proves Scientists Were Wrong About Human Evolution

A newly discovered fossil has shattered conventional assumptions about human evolution, proving that various prehistoric human-like skulls that scientists had previously classified as separate species (separate branches in the evolutionary chain) are, in fact, the same species.

One fossil in particular, which had a smaller than expected brain casing, has caused many scientists to call into question the conventional scientific understanding of the human evolutionary tree.

The Guardian reports:

Anthropologists unearthed the skull at a site in Dmanisi, a small town in southern Georgia, where other remains of human Homo erectus skull found in Georgiaancestors, simple stone tools and long-extinct animals have been dated to 1.8m years old.

Experts believe the skull is one of the most important fossil finds to date, but it has proved as controversial as it is stunning. Analysis of the skull and other remains at Dmanisi suggests that scientists have been too ready to name separate species of human ancestors in Africa. Many of those species may now have to be wiped from the textbooks…

The odd dimensions of the fossil prompted the team to look at normal skull variation, both in modern humans and chimps, to see how they compared. They found that while the Dmanisi skulls looked different to one another, the variations were no greater than those seen among modern people and among chimps.

The scientists went on to compare the Dmanisi remains with those of supposedly different species of human ancestor that lived in Africa at the time. They concluded that the variation among them was no greater than that seen at Dmanisi. Rather than being separate species, the human ancestors found in Africa from the same period may simply be normal variants of H erectus

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(Image of Homo Erectus courtesy of Georgian National Museum)

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  • Millikan

    Contrary to what the author of this article sees to think, the discovery does nothing to disprove either the Theory of Evolution itself or the evolution of humans. It has merely led to the consolidation of many specimens formerly identified as different species into a single one-which is routine in biology and paleontology. I suggest you hire some scientifically literate writers and editors, less you want to continue to make us conservatives look bad.

  • WA_STATE_IDENTITY_CRISIS

    It does not disprove the theory. It does not prove it either. In fact I would see this as evidence that the evolutionary tree of human ancestry is in fact far from correct. This new information along with another humanoid fossils found in Ethiopia roughly one million years older than Lucy does in fact start to unravel poor science of evolutionary theory (Darwinism). Consolidating fossil remains that were once used to show the evolutionary gaps between humans and apes removes evidence for the occurrence of evolution. The missing links are now not important because the new evolutionary claim is that we did not evolve from apes but rather apes evolved from a human like creature. Yeah, that sounds like a solid theory, just like the first one. Evolution is not based on observation but rather speculation. No proof exists that we evolved from anything and for that matter any other modern creature. More and more evidence is backing this up. The Paracas skulls found in Peru, let evolution explain that one. Artifacts found in Bolivia are also predating the Beringian land bridge crossing by thousands of years. Some of these artifacts found show a very advanced civilization capable of great feats within the seen and unseen world. How did Homo erectus or Homo sapiens possess this technology at the same time they were supposedly living in caves eating what they could scavenge and using simple stone tools. Some of these new dig sites in South and North America prove that humans were in these areas at the same time as other continents. Not possible under the current Pangaea evolutionary paradigm. The Topper Site (at least 50,000 years old) in South Carolina along the Savannah River is a great example of this. If humans supposedly migrated out of Africa after the continents had shifted, how did they develop societies in the south eastern north america? Dr. Albert Goodyear has shown that people existed on the North American continent 37,000 years before the first known appearance of the Clovis. I am not claiming that any religion is right just pointing out that evolution is just as full of holes and requires a great deal of faith to consider it factual science. Some of these finds discovered in the last 10 years are showing a lot of promise in debunking many of the old evolutionary theories. Maybe we came from space, maybe we came from the divine. Believing we evolved from single celled organisms that developed out of thin air sounds like a leap of faith to me.