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Defender's Guide to Science and Creationism
Assertion: There are no transitional forms between humans and their nonhuman ancestors.

Mark I. Vuletic

Last updated 21 March 2008

Analysis

Creationists are nearly unanimous in their rejection of human evolution, viewing it as the most serious scientific offender against their personal interpretation of Scripture. Creationists tend to view human evolution not only as a repudiation of the need for Christ (they are wrong), but also as an affront to human dignity (again, wrong), and an engine powering immorality (wrong, not to mention wrong). It is fortunate that they are mistaken about all of these things, since the evolution of humans from nonhuman hominid ancestors is actually one of the best-attested transitions in the fossil record.

Most creationists claim that there is a sharp dividing line somewhere among the extent fossil specimens of Homo habilis and Homo erectus, with humans on one side of the line, and "apes" on the other side. However, as Jim Foley discovered in tabulating creationist classifications of individual fossils, the transitional nature of these fossils is so clear, the transition from one to the other so smooth, that the creationists cannot agree with one another about which ones represent humans and which ones represent apes. Foley's tabulation is one part of his talk.origins Fossil Hominids FAQ, to which the reader is directed for more information on human evolution.

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