Saturday, August 23, 2008

What About Lucy? Is She The Missing Link?

By Russ Miller

Lucy is another icon of purported evolution which Darwinists are reluctant to give up, even in the face of indisputable evidence that proves Lucy was nothing more than an ape conjured up to fool people into believing that Lucy was changing into a human.

Anthropologists proved in 1987 that Lucy was just an ape. Yet Lucy is still claimed as a missing link in textbooks around the world.

Lucy is the name given to the much-promoted fossilized skeleton that was discovered during 1974 in Ethiopia by anthropologist Donald Johanson. Lucy has served as the poster child for Darwinism ever since.

It was claimed that Lucy walked upright, just like a human walks upright. Darwinists also claimed that they knew it was a missing link because the knee was "slightly bigger" than a normal ape's knee (proving that it was evolving into a human) and that its femur had to angle to the knee, just as a human femur angles to the knee.

However, what do the actual facts reveal?

Well, according to another one of the world's best-known anthropologists, Richard Leakey, son of Louis Leakey, Lucy's skull was so incomplete that most of it is "imagination made of plaster of Paris." (The Weekend Australian, May 7-8, 1983, Magazine section, page 3.) Leakey stated that no firm conclusion could be drawn as to what species Lucy belonged to.

Scientifically speaking, Lucy is a member of a family of apes known as australopithecines, specifically Australopithecus Afarensis. Pithecus means ape, and as far back as 1987 scientists knew that Lucy was just an ape, and not a missing link between ape and man.

In 1987 Dr. Charles Oxnard, Professor of Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia, wrote that although australopithecines were unique,
"Anatomists have concluded these creatures are not a link between ape and man, and did not walk upright in the human manner." (Fossils, Teeth and Sex a New Perspectives on Human Evolution, Charles Oxnard, University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, 1987, page 227.)

Other skeleton finds of Australopithecus Afarensis have shown that they had curved toes and fingers for gripping tree limbs.

It is well documented that MANY humans have either slightly larger or slightly smaller than average-sized knees, and most tree-dwelling apes have angled femurs.

The facts prove that none of the australopithecines are a transitional link between apes and humans. Lucy and the other australopithecines reveal nothing about supposed human evolution, yet still today, Lucy adorns high school and college textbooks, usually depicted walking upright, just like a human.

While failing to hold any proof for Darwinian change, Lucy does reveal the desperation of the Darwinian faithful, and how easy it is to be fooled by misleading textbook information.

Russ Miller is author of The GENESIS Report Series. Register at to receive FREE his 50 Facts vs. Darwinism e-mail series.

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