Lucy: Fact vs. Fiction

Written by Steve Baird

Lucy "Australopithecus afarensis" originally found by Johansen withrepparttar discovery of a kneecap, which he said proved we were looking at a transitional species. Then overrepparttar 148509 better part of 5 yearsrepparttar 148510 rest or 40% of a skeleton emerged and is now hailed as a prime example of a transitional species between Humans and apes. They claim thatrepparttar 148511 skull shows characteristics of both ape (sagital crest) and human (incisor teeth).

Now let me stop right there for a second. Whenever I makerepparttar 148512 above statement, many evolutionists jump on this and say, “See transitional fossil, has both ape and human characteristics, making it a prime example of a direct link to modern humans.” What they are failing to grasp is one very important, Lucy’s mandible didn’t have intact teeth. The teeth that are supposed to represent Lucy were scattered and collected overrepparttar 148513 entire site area consisting of approx. 1.5 miles. Within this area were many, many modern primate skeletons. Plus several modern primates have incisor teeth very similar to humans (after all, we all haverepparttar 148514 same designer.)

Evolutionist claim that based onrepparttar 148515 angle ofrepparttar 148516 knee, that Lucy must have walked upright, yet they then tell us that her hands and feet were curved very much like a pygmy chimp, very adaptive to tree climbing. (What they fail to be mentioned here is that no feet or hands were found with Lucy, they are using bones found from some other skeletal remains found withinrepparttar 148517 area of 1.5 miles, which coversrepparttar 148518 same area where Lucy was found).

Johansen also admits within his report thatrepparttar 148519 skull that is shown in all books as belonging to a reconstructed Lucy, was actually pieced together from 13 different "individuals" which they then makerepparttar 148520 claim are all related to Lucy, because they were found inrepparttar 148521 same vicinity. Speaking as an archaeologist, I would never be allowed to take materials found over such a large area and combine them together in order to make a "complete" picture.

Lucy's supposed knee angle (whererepparttar 148522 tibia and femur meet) is said to be 15 degrees. The angle for humans is 9 degrees (the same as spider monkeys and orangutans) if it was more we would have knocked knees. The common consensus is that Lucy would have been a very adept tree climber. Again, most evolutionist point to this to show dual characteristics, but fail to remember that most paleoanthropologist don’t believe that these bones all came fromrepparttar 148523 same individual an also that Lucy is put together completely wrong.

Peter Schmid, a Swiss anthropologist, claims Lucy was not a bipedal walker, but instead would have rotated her torso much like a gorilla. He points to further flaws in her reconstruction. If Lucy is put together properly then her bone structure isn't correct. Shcmid says if Lucy is correct, thenrepparttar 148524 ribs are too heavy and upper thorax is too small to take in oxygen to cool her. He claims with this setup Lucy would have panted much like a dog to cool itself off. Despite showing semi-human characteristics, Australopithecus afarensis is nothing more than an extinct ape.

As a matter of fact, evenrepparttar 148525 famous Richard Leakey considered by most to berepparttar 148526 greatest hominid fossil hunter doesn’t agree with Lucy. He says, “no determination could be made concerningrepparttar 148527 species of Lucy and thatrepparttar 148528 skull was merely "imagination made of plaster of paris."

Here is some stuff that most people are not aware of....

Joseph Weiner, The Natural History of Man, 1971, pp.45-46.

"The ape-like profile of Australopithecus is so pronounced that its outline can be superimposed on that of a female chimpanzee with a remarkable closeness of fit."

Richmond and Strait, "Evidence that Humans Evolved from Knuckle-Walking Ancestor," Nature 2000.

"Regardless ofrepparttar 148529 status of Lucy's knee joint, new evidence has come forth that Lucy hasrepparttar 148530 morphology of a knuckle-walker."

The other problem here is that truly no bipedal bones have been recovered to supportrepparttar 148531 upright walking of Australopithecus. The majority of allrepparttar 148532 recovered fossils consist of isolated teeth, mandible fragments, skull fragments (the top portion ofrepparttar 148533 head) and a few fragments of arm bones. With this sketchy evidence they have concocted a hugely fabricated story about Lucy and her "relatives".

Faith Like a Child

Written by Steven Baird

Have you ever just stopped and watched a child play? Have you ever told a Bible story and sat back in amazement at how much that child retains and is then able to cite back to you? What about asking a childrepparttar simple question, “Who made us?”

If your answer to any of these was no, then I encourage you to try it. Experiencerepparttar 148508 faith and trust of a child through their eyes. I have 3 boys, ages 7, 4, and 5 months and I daily ask them, “Who made you” or “Where didrepparttar 148509 trees come from?” My 4 year old, right away chimes in with, “God of course silly.” My 7 year old simply points torepparttar 148510 heavens.

They don’t question anything or doubt what they hear from their parents or fromrepparttar 148511 Bible. They accept it by faith and it’s this very faith that Jesus praises them for in Mark 10:13-15. In verse 15 he says, “I assure you, anyone who doesn't have their kind of faith will never get intorepparttar 148512 Kingdom of God."

Somehow as we get older we complicate what was designed to be so simple. We become a doubting Thomas. Even though Thomas had walked with Christ for 3 years and had seen hundreds if not thousands of miracles, he doubted. He doubtedrepparttar 148513 very words of Jesus and could not see how a man, who had healedrepparttar 148514 blind, fed thousands, turned water into wine, walked onrepparttar 148515 water, and even brought several people back fromrepparttar 148516 dead, as being able to return fromrepparttar 148517 dead himself.

All of a sudden we need to see proof of creation, we need to see proof thatrepparttar 148518 Bible tellsrepparttar 148519 truth about how oldrepparttar 148520 earth is, and all of a sudden we too ask to touchrepparttar 148521 nail pierced hands and feet. Why do we complicate it?

The Bible says that because of sin we have became twisted and everything on this earth is twisted. Our very thoughts and concepts have been twisted by sin. Man’s fallible ideas about where we came from andrepparttar 148522 origins ofrepparttar 148523 universe are designed to give man, not God,repparttar 148524 glory. We just happened, something took place to startrepparttar 148525 Big Bang, and we created ourselves, all of these are thoughts twisted because of sin.

Put all ofrepparttar 148526 parts and pieces of a cell phone into a zip-lock bag and start shaking it up. After a few minutes of shaking it up, pour everything out and see what you get. Did you get a complete cell-phone capable of making a phone call or just a large pile of debris? Now invite one of your kids over and tell them that if you continue this process long enough (millions of years) you will eventually get a complete working cell-phone. What do you think their response is going to be? Do you think they will believe you? Of course not and most people can see that this idea is flawed. A cell-phone is a complicated piece of equipment that requires someone to design and putrepparttar 148527 pieces together inrepparttar 148528 right order if it is to functionrepparttar 148529 way it is supposed to, just like life here one earth. Yet evolution would have you believe that given enough time, this machine would build itself inrepparttar 148530 right order and sequence.

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