|Homo luzonensis highly curved toe bone. Courtesy of Business Insider Australia|
HOMO LUZONENSIS; A NEW ANCIENT HUMAN?
How are all you wonderful people living out there throughout the world? I pray all is well and that if you are going through a hard time that you find comfort in our Lord Jesus as he cares for you. I have been well, preparing for my in-laws to come for a visit. It will be so good to see them again!
Speaking of people around the world and visiting relatives, have you ever heard of Homo luzonensis? April 10th of this year, PHYS.ORG an online scientific journal, released an article by The Australian Natural University about a new
species of ancient humans found in the Luzon Provence of the Philippines. But there are quite a few discrepancies about this new found “humans”…
First they claim that these creatures are ancestors of Homo sapiens. However, luzonensis is dated at 50,000 years old while modern humans are dated to have evolved around 200,000 to 300,000 years ago (evolutionary time scale). How then, can they be the ancestors of modern man?
The second problem is there are no bones that would identify this creature as human. “What the scientists discovered was
a fossil collection representing at least three individuals, not necessarily related. The fossils in the collection include a third metatarsal (a foot bone, discovered 12 years ago, in 2007), two manual phalanges (finger bones–2011), two pedal phalanges (toe bones–2011), a femoral shaft (part of a femur–2011), and seven post-canine teeth (discovered in 2011 and 2015)…It’s also worth noting that all of the features that easily distinguish Homo from an ape (such as skull, pelvis, tools, or art) are missing from this find. Whenever scientists are classifying a fossil find (particularly a scanty one), the designation of Homo or not-Homo is somewhat arbitrary, almost always disputable, controversial, and laden with evolutionary assumptions.”1
|Philippine rice terraces. Wikipedia commons|
As a matter of fact, Dr. David Menton, an anatomist, award-winning former professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, states, “They found…the two small
bones distal to the knuckle.”
|Courtesy of Answers in Genesis|
The intermediate manual phalanx is highly curved and flattened in shape such as you see in suspensory adapted tree dwelling primates. The authors say that the intermediate phalanx has a ‘longitudinally curved and dorso-palmarly compressed shaft’ that ‘shares shape affinities with Australopithecus.’ This is clearly not a human finger.
The distal manual phalanx is described by the authors as having ‘proportions unlike those of early Homo/Paranthropus, Homo naledi, H. florensis and H. neanderthalensis.’ This is clearly not a human finger.”2
In regards to the toe bone, Dr. Menton states, “The proximal pedal phalanx is highly curved and flattened in shape such
as you see in arboreal primates. The authors say the proximal pedal phalanx ‘shares shape affinities with Australopithecus: marked longitudinal curvature, parallel medial and lateral sides in dorsal view, a small bicondylar head and weak dorsal canting of the proximal articular surface,’ and point out that this is unlike Homo sapiens or other species of Homo. This is clearly not a human toe.”3 (you can do a little experiment right now…feel your toe bone. Is it flat or curved like the picture above the title.)
|Cave of discover. Courtesy of Business Insider Australia|
And for the teeth, “The authors considered the premolars to be noticeably large relative to the molars and ‘unlike the patterns seen in other hominins except Paranthropus,’ a very ape-like creature. They point out that the premolars ‘display several primitive features. . . . [the] premolars have multiple roots that are robust and highly divergent, an archaic condition typically found in Australopithecus.’ The authors conclude: ‘In terms of absolute tooth size and premolar-molar proportions H. luzonensis shows a pattern not seen elsewhere in the genus Homo.’”3
And then there is Dr. Gabrela Haynes, paleontologist for
Answers in Genesis who reports after careful study, “The portions of the paper, ‘Diagnosis’ and ‘Description and Comparison of the fossil elements,’ point to characteristics that show similarities to Australopithecus, Paranthropus, or ‘early’ Homo, as they call it, which would be ape-like. But despite all that, they keep pushing the idea of a new species for the genus Homo.”4
|inside cave of discover. Courtesy of Business Insider Australia|
Hmmm, it seems to me that if it looks like and ape in fingers, toes and teeth, and there are not other items, such as tools, art, musical instruments, jewelry, etc, that would identify without a doubt the remains were human, then the only logical conclusion would be that these were apes.
We can trust the Word of God. As my friend Russ Miller likes to say, “Real science is a Believers best friend.” Why? Because it always points to the Creator.
Until next week, God bless and Take care,
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