Apparently, we’re lemurs, not chimpanzees. (link)
Of course, if you read the article carefully, you’ll find out what truly motivated the scientists was money and fame. The dealer who bought the fossil from the original discoverer received a vast sum of money from the people of Norway. Now it is available—for a limited time only, at a low, low price—at the Natural History Museum in London. If you don’t act now, the offer will expire soon. Enter promo code “Darwin” for a $5 discount.
Apparently, this is the “final piece” in Darwin’s collection of fossils. No one need go out looking for any more “proof” that the Theory of Evolution is true. “Science” has spoken, and no one can question its final authority. Science might as well have written its decrees in stones carved from Mount Sinai.
I don’t believe in this malarkey. Science isn’t something to “believe” in. Science is something to question, to doubt, and to disprove. All great scientific discoveries were made to spite current scientific understanding, and to make the crowd appear foolish.
First, I doubt the fossil is 47 million years old. I’d like to do some more study into how fossils are formed and how old the earth is at certain layers. My initial research into this cloudy topic (obscured for a reason) is that fossils can form very quickly, and that there is no physical evidence that the earth is terribly old. In fact, there is a lot of evidence that it is not nearly as old as scientists wish it was. Look up “Polonium Ring” for what a real scientific discussion looks like. (Here’s a great challenge to the theory that Polonium Rings prove a young earth.)
I also seriously doubt that you can call this the “ancestor” of all humans. Based on the time it took for E. Coli to “evolve” the dormant ability to digest citric acid—a minute change in their physiology–I would think an ancestor so far removed from humans would have had to exist before the universe was created.
There are severe problems with Darwin’s original Theory of Evolution. Even though many scientists agree with the concept, the disagree with the details. They even disagree with each other, which is fine. That’s what science is all about. But this fossil truly shows a weakness in the original theory. If species gradually evolved from one form to another, then logically, we wouldn’t see two of the same species in the fossil record. We should see random samples from the tree of life. But we don’t. The overwhelming number of fossils are not unique nor transitory. This leads scientists to think that evolution happens through “punctuated equilibrium”, meaning, sudden jumps from one constant state to another caused by a benevolent Creator caused by unexplainable events. Others have tried to show that the fossils don’t accumulate gradually but only accumulate after massive, rare disasters, such as the Biblical Flood such as a stray meteor colliding in earth’s path and destroying Sodom and Gomorrah.
Unlike the shape of the earth, the evidence for evolution is very limited and speculative. We have about as much, probably more, evidence of the Higg’s Boson than we do of evolution. The same goes for the age of the earth. Heck, the “growing earth” theory seems to make more sense than the “old earth” idea. And in terms of explaining why our Solar System is the way it is, the accretion theory simply doesn’t hold water.
In short, this is another puff piece to put science in a place where it doesn’t belong. That place is elevated above logic and reason in the public’s mind. It is a piece designed to remove religion from our personal lives, and destroy the happiness, peace, and joy we derive from that.