Man or Ape?

A Muslim physician--who is also a creationist --says even the latest scientific discovery won't prove evolution

It was a big...no, huge discovery. "This discovery will have the impact of a small nuclear bomb," said Daniel Lieberman of Harvard University. On July 10, scientists reported in the British journal Nature their

discovery of a skull of a hominid

, or human ancestor, a year ago in Chad.



Nicknamed "Toumai," it is the only relatively complete skull ever discovered and could fill a 5 million year gap between the ancestral apes of 9 million years ago and the 4 million year old "southern apes," generally regarded as the closest human evolutionary relative. Tim D. White of the University of California, Berkeley said, "We have now sampled human evolution all the way back to the fork, the place where we humans and chimpanzees split off from a common ancestor." Research team leader Michel Brunet said, "It's overwhelming to hold in my hands the beginning of the human lineage."

The discovery is so significant because the skull has a mixture of both ape and humanlike features. "From the back the Toumai skull looks like a chimpanzee, but from the front it could pass for a 1.75 million-year-old apeman," said anthropologist Bernard Wood of George Washington University.

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Scientists are already predicting that this little skull is likely to overturn the conventional thinking about human evolution. Bernard Wood said, "If we accept this as sufficient evidence to classify this creature as a hominid, then it plays havoc with the tidy model of human origins" (

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Here is where creationists, like myself, are vindicated by this discovery. As a devout Muslim believer, I reject the notion of the evolution of human beings from prehistoric apes. Our common ancestor was the Prophet Adam (peace be upon him), shaped and created by the very hands of God, and not some chimp-man from 9 million years ago. I do not deny the existence of prehistoric human-like apes: the fossil record clearly shows this. Nevertheless, just because science has a theory about how a certain natural phenomenon came into being, it does not mean that that theory is the truth.

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