Essays On Human Evolution

In the first I survey briefly the empirical evidence for human evolution from the primate lineage, based upon physical anthropology, genetics, and radioactive dating.

In the second I reflect upon the implications of these scientific discoveries for theology and biblical interpretation.

Schneider In the speech he sought to read into the court record following the verdict in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial of 1925, creationist champion and trial prosecutor William Jennings Bryan restated Charles Darwin's arguments for human evolution set out in the 1874 edition of The Descent of Man, and proceeded to challenge them.

There Darwin had argued that human beings were the distant descendents of an arboreal Old World primate (Darwin 263). So many people said then, and still say, that they cannot accept the notion that they are descended from apes or monkeys.

That part Bryan and a lot of other people have gotten wrong.

Furthermore, it turns out that Darwin's hypothesis was right on the issue of relationship.Then I shall review current views about hominid evolution.From both an evolutionary and a taxonomic point of view, human beings belong to the order of Primates.I've sometimes described it to my students as the "King Kong" effect.In the 1933 film by that name, the sight of that giant ape climbing New York's tallest building with a beautiful blond in one hand, and snapping at harassing airplanes as he grips the building with the other, sought to stir deep, fearful emotions about primates.William Howells, selecting 28 recent papers by most of the authorities in the field of human evolution, focuses on a period of rapid, major development, including episodes like the Piltdown fraud and discoveries like Australopithecus, Proconsul, and Oreopithecus.These papers deal with basic aspects of evolution and discuss such subjects as man’s pre-human ancestors, early fossil men, and the emergence of modern man (Homo sapiens) along with his relation to Neanderthal Man—a sequence ranging over the full scope of human development.They are also available to institutions in ten separate subject-area packages that reflect the entire spectrum of the Press’s catalog.More about the E-ditions Program »The large number of significant fossil finds that occurred after 1930 provided anthropologists with new perspectives on human history.Darwin used examples from comparative anatomy to make his case.He also argued that human emotions and moral sense had also evolved (Darwin 305).


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