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Miller: The evidence shows that Lucy is an ape species, not a human ancestor

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Artist’s depiction of Lucy at the Smithsonian/Mpinedag (CC)

From The Case for Lucy as Ape: Part 5 of 6 by J. R. Miller at More than Cake:

Lucy was the nickname for an incomplete Ethiopian skeleton found by the American paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson in 1974. Named for the 1967 Beatles song, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. Despite being only 20% complete—missing hands, feed, knee and full pelvis bones—Lucy soon became the benchmark fossil for the species Australopithecus afarensis. Adding to the legend of Lucy, fossilized footprints were found two years later preserved in volcanic ash located in Laetoli more than 1,000 miles away and dated half-a-million years older. Despite this long geographic distance and timespan between fossil and footprint (not to mention the more obvious fact that Lucy had no feet), Johanson insisted (based on his acceptance at the time of the now defunct “single species hypothesis”) that these footprints must belong to Lucy and “proved” she was a missing link confirming Universal Common Descent (UCD).

In addition to the evidence that Lucy should be classified as an ape species, there is additional evidence which excludes the possibility australopithecines are a transitional ancestor to the genus Homo.The Australopithecus sediba finding in 2008 by Matthew Berger was first assumed to put an end to the taxonomic confusion surrounding Australopithecus and provide a clear link between ape and man. However, research since then demonstrates the failure of this fossilized “mosaic of ape and human features” to provide any such link. Like A. habilis and A. aferensis, the evidence suggests that A. sediba is most likely a mixture of bones from various species. R&S provide evidence for seven key lines of argument:

Been and Rak’s study in 2014 show that Sediba’s spine jaw are mixed bones, not a morphological mosaic of ape-man traits… More.

The Missing Link is actually immortal, like the Extraterrestrial. When a product of the human imagination serves an emotional need, as the missing link does for naturalists (materialists), evidence is not treated as it is in a normal situation. All the evidence that really matters supports the proposition. Purveyors of doubt are not only wrong but Bad. So yes, Lucy is the missing link until a better one comes along. And whether there ever was r wasn;’t a missing link is irrelevant to the drama being played out.

See also: Fine-tuning of the universe: Why David Hume’s objections fail (Joseph Miller)

Do racial assumptions prevent recognizing Homo erectus as fully human?

and

Was Neanderthal man fully human? The role racism played in assessing the evidence (Joseph R. Miller)

4 Replies to “Miller: The evidence shows that Lucy is an ape species, not a human ancestor

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    bornagain77 says:

    Of related note, Dr. Paul Giem has finished his 19 part video series reviewing Dr. Sanford’s new book “Contested Bones”,,,

    “Contested Bones” (Part 1 – Prologue and Chapter 1 “Power of the Paradigm”) 1-27-2018 by Paul Giem – video playlist
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6ZOKj-YaHA&list=PLHDSWJBW3DNU_twNBjopIqyFOwo_bTkXm
    Contested Bones (by Christopher Rupe and John Sanford) is the result of four years of intense research into the primary scientific literature concerning those bones that are thought to represent transitional forms between ape and man. This book’s title reflects the surprising reality that all the famous “hominin” bones continue to be fiercely contested today—even within the field of paleoanthropology.

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    goodusername says:

    Despite being only 20% complete

    More like 40% complete

    Adding to the legend of Lucy, fossilized footprints were found two years later preserved in volcanic ash located in Laetoli more than 1,000 miles away and dated half-a-million years older. Despite this long geographic distance and timespan between fossil and footprint (not to mention the more obvious fact that Lucy had no feet), Johanson insisted (based on his acceptance at the time of the now defunct “single species hypothesis”) that these footprints must belong to Lucy and “proved” she was a missing link confirming Universal Common Descent (UCD).

    No one believes that the footprints are from Lucy. And no one believes that the footprints are from afarensis just because Lucy was found a thousand miles away in a layer half a million years younger. That indeed would be silly. The reason that they are believed to belong to afarensis is because numerous afarensis remains have been found at the same location as the footprints and in the same layer.

    And while we don’t have Lucy’s feet, we do have feet of other afarensis fossils.
    (see the link below).

    And regarding the “defunct single species hypothesis” – history shows, if anything, that paleontologists have been leaning too far towards the “splitter” side (for instance, the Dmanisi fossils).

    Was Neanderthal man fully human? The role racism played in assessing the evidence (Joseph R. Miller)

    From several recent posts here I was starting to think that I’d see it claimed here that any claims that Lucy was anything but fully human is racism:
    https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/at-science-news-hominid-kids-were-upright-walkers-3-million-years-ago/
    https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/cranium-of-extinct-australopithecus-shows-similarities-to-our-own/

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    aarceng says:

    As we can see in the Artist’s depiction of Lucy at the Smithsonian Australopiths had abducted (splayed) great toes. This is what the fossil evidence shows, and what the Laetoli footprints do NOT show.

    A trackway of anatomically human footprints was probably made by humans.

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    DATCG says:

    So Donald Johanson was hallucinating when he found “Lucy?”

    “Lucy was the nickname for an incomplete Ethiopian skeleton found by the American paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson in 1974. Named for the 1967 Beatles song, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”.

    😉 or not…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_in_the_Sky_with_Diamonds#LSD_rumours

    Julian, paintings and day dreaming…

    According to both Lennon and Ringo Starr, who witnessed the moment, Julian first uttered the song’s title upon returning home from nursery school.[5][7][27] Lennon later recalled of the painting and the phrase, “I thought that [it was] beautiful. I immediately wrote a song about it.”[5]

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