“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
News is light during a holiday season, so it is a good time to spot ape-men stories. As I write this script, it is the holiday season, and a news article on a popular science website has announced that it knows the last resting place for homo erectus. He was last seen in Java, so he presumably died from an overdose of coffee.
Researchers found 12 skulls and two ibia, at Ngandong, on the island of Java in Indonesia. These have been determined to be examples of homo erectus. They have been dated as less than 117,000 years old, whereas everywhere else in the world, this sub-human branch is alleged to have died out 400,000 years ago.
As creationists, what are we to make of these claims? There are a few questions that we should ask. First, how was the dating done? The article simply states that they “time-stamped the site by dating animal fossils from the same bonebed… and then dated the surrounding land forms.” Even non-scientists should spot some issues with this account. How could they tell that the nearby animal fossils were unique to that bed – and if they weren’t, then does this not cast doubt on the dating? Second, how did they identify these remains as being specifically of homo erectus, given the paucity of evidence, and the fact that no distinguishing facial features were present?
As we have previously stated, these fossils are fully human and must date from the Flood, or later.
Prayer: We thank You, Lord, for the truth of Your word, knowing that we are all descended from the first Adam, and that by faith we can be saved from our sins by the Last Adam. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: University of Iowa. “Researchers determine age for last known settlement by a direct ancestor to modern humans.” ScienceDaily, 18 December 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191218153527.htm>. Image: CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported.
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