Homo naledi: An update
Two important papers were published in May 2017, warranting an update on the subject of Homo naledi.
Is Homo naledi Your “Relative,” “Ancestor,” or “Part of the Human Family Tree”?
The aim of this article is to use the example of Homo naledi to illustrate the distinction between data and interpretations, and to discuss some of the questions a biblical creationist might have in relation to this new discovery.
How Do Neanderthals Fit with a Biblical Model?
Researchers discuss the role and position of Neanderthals in an alleged evolutionary process and debate whether they went extinct before, during or after anatomically modern humans colonized the northern hemisphere, and if the former interbred with the latter. However, many recent studies, ranging from genetics to the analysis of Neanderthal technology and culture suggest that Neanderthals might be understood within a different scientific framework.
Who or what are Neanderthals?
Ever since the discovery of the first Neanderthal fossil in 1856, scientists and theologians have been puzzled about the nature and place of these humans on the family tree. Where did they come from? Were they actual humans? When and why did they go extinct? These questions have relevance not only because of the particular features of the fossil findings, but also because the interpretations given…
Humans and Chimpanzees are 99.4% Identical...or Are They?
Recently, the city buses in my neighborhood gained a new set of brightly-colored advertisements along their sides. In bold letters, they proclaimed that humans and chimpanzees are 98% identical: “Come and meet your relatives.”
He breathed into his nostrils: God’s kiss of life.
The gift of life is conferred on humankind in an intimate face-to-face encounter. God forms a work of art out of moist clay. A bond with this piece of art begins to grow in the gentle process of making. Then comes that incredible moment.
The Search for Adam’s Ancestors
Given the current database on fossil hominids, caution is warranted. Indeed, it would be premature to draw any definitive conclusions with regard to the origins of these organisms and their relationship to the Genesis record.
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