Scientists Announce Find Believed To Be Missing Link

Scientists have found what may be the long-sought “missing link” — a new species of hominid that was a bridge between ape and man. This week they are expected to unveil a two-million-year-old skeleton of a child. As always, we must warn that creationists like Sarah Palin and others believe that such scientists are miscalculating by around 2 million years since the Earth is only around 5000 years old.

The discovery was the work of Professor Lee Berger, from the University of the Witwatersrand who was exploring cave systems in the Sterkfontein region of South Africa, near Johannesburg. This area is called “the Cradle of Humanity” because of the many finds of early human remains.

The new species would fit nicely between the apelike hominids
Scientists believe that a group of apelike hominids known as known as Australopithecus and the later more human Homo habilis.

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33 thoughts on “Scientists Announce Find Believed To Be Missing Link”

  1. Gyges,

    You’ve got chimp DNA in you, monkeyboy! Pthhbbbtt! ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Canadian Eh,

    Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    rafflaw,

    It’s not a video game – its a weapon of mass destruction against creationist arguments.

    Actually, I made a little boo boo – it’s chromosome #2, not chromosome #12. As most people know, humans have 23 chromosome pairs. What most people don’t know is that the great apes have 24 chromosome pairs. Since the loss of a chromosome pair is lethal, the only explanation that could save the theory of evolution is that somehow two chromosome pairs in the great apes got stuck together in humans. Every chromosome has segments called telomeres at each end and a segment called a centromere in the middle. If two of the great ape chromosomes got combined in humans, then there should be a chromosome which has a telomere in the middle and two centromeres and this is exactly what we see in chromosome #2. In fact, it turns out that the DNA sequences in chromosome #2 are nearly identical to the sequences in two of the chromosomes of the great apes (for those of you scoring at home, the fusion is between base pair #114,445,823 and base pair #114,445,838). What makes this so impressive to me is that a theory which originated 100 years before the discovery of DNA depended on a prediction which it made regarding the human genome almost 150 years after the theory was first put forward (this was discovered in 2004). If this prediction hadn’t turned out to be true then the theory of evolution would have been falsified – as a scientist, when a prediction made by a century and a half old theory (evolution) about a 50 year old area of science (genetics) necessitated by some data you just collected (the chimpanzee genome) turns out to be correct, you know you’re doing something right…

  3. Rafflaw said:

    “You are corect about Cheney. He is inhuman. How else can you explain being a big supporter of torture?”

    Could he be… Satan?

    Buddha,

    And here I thought that you were just enlightened…

    Isn’t anyone going to ask about chromosome #12? (It’s my favorite chromosome.)

  4. Slarti,

    Dude, you’re going to give aliens a bad name! I represent that remark!

  5. Slats,
    You are corect about Cheney. He is inhuman. How else can you explain being a big supporter of torture?

  6. Ok, I follow this. But where is the link for W and Cheney?

  7. Jason,

    Speaking as a scientist working in a biological field, you are absolutely correct.

  8. Blousie,

    I don’t think that we (scientists) can do that – we’re good, but that would be a miracle!

    Regarding the ‘missing link’: extremely convincing evidence that man is descended from the great apes is in every cell of all of our bodies – specifically in chromosome #12.

  9. More bad science reporting. “Missing link” isn’t a term used by scientists unless they are trying to get press. Note that none of the scientists quoted in the story use the phrase. It’s also not the case that there have been no transitional fossils until this one; there is no such thing as THE missing link (transitional fossil), there are many links, and some have already been discovered.

  10. Scientists need to find the missing link between Creationists and the rest of us.

  11. Vlf,

    That assumes that creationists keep up with science. Why should they? Science is the quest for answers, they know the answer already.

  12. All over the country, thousands upon thousands of Creationists heads explode …

  13. “believed to be” … that does not sound dogmatic enough.

    Lets not mix belief and knowledge ๐Ÿ˜‰ umkay?

    “Sarah Palin and others believe” … see what I mean? ๐Ÿ™‚

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