“And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.”
There are buzz words and phrases in science fiction that no longer seem to need defining. For example, when the Star Wars movies referred to jumps through hyperspace, they did not define what they meant even though it is a fictional device because it was already well understood in the Sci-Fi world from the Foundation novels by Isaac Asimov.
That fiction known as Evolution also has its buzzwords. One of these is the “missing link”. Originally this referred to a mythical intermediate between apes and humans. A decade ago, as I write, it was used of an alleged intermediate between primates and simpler mammals. Now in South America, they claim to have found a missing link between early primates and monkeys.
The little monkey, supposedly 18 million years old, would have been about 5 inches long. It would have had a weight of less than half a pound and would have eaten fruit and insects. Listeners must be thinking that they found extensive fossil remains – but you would be wrong. They found a single fossilized tooth.
One is reminded of the “discovery” of Nebraska Man in 1917, where much was made of the discovery of a single tooth, which later turned out to be that of an extinct peccary. Now, it is perfectly possible that this tooth is the remains of an extinct monkey. Nevertheless, if enough people believe in the existence of a missing link, they will occasionally find a candidate.
Prayer: Father, we marvel at the great variety of animals that You created and placed on t his world, and we praise Your Name. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Duke University. “World’s smallest fossil monkey found in Amazon jungle: 18-million-year-old creature discovered in Peru was no bigger than a hamster; helps fill a gap in the record of monkey evolution.” ScienceDaily, 26 July 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190726094631.htm>. Image: Pygmy marmoset, possibly related to the fossil monkey described here. GNU Free Document License 1.2.
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