Neil at 4simpsons provides a link to a blog claiming that a new classification of the fossil remains of “Lucy” is another nail in the coffin of evolution. Apparently, “Lucy” has been moved to another branch on the Hominid family tree. Interesting also how the creationists claim that “Lucy” disproves evolution because she has physiological traits in common with a chimp. She also still has many traits in common with a modern human, but that is ignored. At the same time, they claim that a “lack of transitional fossils” disproves the theory of evolution and natural selection.
Let’s see, a fossil that has some traits in common with one set of creatures on the earth, and some traits in common with another set of creatures on the earth, though now believed to not be a direct ancestor of either one of them somehow disproves the theory that they have a common ancestor and the differences are due to changes over time in the genetic code that lead to different species with a common ancestor?
Kirk Cameron demands to see a croc-o-duck before he believes that evolution happens, but then these people insist that a “chimp-o-human” is somehow proof of the opposite? The discovery of a third cousin somehow proves that you and your first cousin don’t share grandparents?
Evolution and natural selection necessitates the existence of branches in the evolutionary line. Yet, somehow, the discovery of branches is supposed to disprove the theory?
Creationist “logic”: “The theory says that B follows A. Therefore, if A is true, then B cannot be true. If A is false, the B cannot be true”.
There is no way to win against such…I was going to say illogic, but somehow, that doesn’t cut it...
Both Neil, and the blogger he points to claim that the “mainstream media” would never cover something like this.
Untrue. The mainstream press covers this sort of thing all the time. When new evidence is discovered that changes our understanding of the world, it is most certainly covered. This, for instance. Or this.
And CNN will almost certainly be all over it in their race to catch FOX in a contest to see who can out-pander the other for the viewership of the somnolent masses.