Every so-many years, a discovery is made that causes science to review, discuss, debate, and ultimately rewrite human history. I remember the excitement of the National Geographic delivery of “Lucy” to a curious world. Lucy was found in 1974. This ancient human ancestor held so much promise of answers about the history of man. Yet here we are, 37 years later with no better answer than before the fragments of this biped were discovered.
The latest discovery which prompted this post is a find from 2008 billed as “Australopithecus sediba“. Two remains were found and have shaken up the family tree. Scientists are at odds as to whether this is an ancestor of Homo Sapiens or not—and if so, how it fits into the tree. If not, what does this find represent? Another hominid species?
Here is what it represents:
- More clarity as to the vague nature of science. It is clear that even in the presence of all of man’s ability to test, analyze, and consider in light of a wealth of knowledge, an answer is not as forthcoming as some may wish.
- There are contradictions in what man “knows” about our early history. The main article below details the “if this, then that” nature of the argument. There is no science here beyond the science of discovery. The science of discovery is what I consider the use of scientific practices in finding, examining, and documenting something when little is factually known. There is a methodical analysis of the find that is described here but bottom line is—they just don’t know!
- Man wants to understand where we came from and why we’re here. Science will continue to look for those answers and continue the conjecture until the day man is no more. But science will not provide definitive answers that last beyond the next find.
- IF these finds represent early human ancestors, the tree begins in Africa and would suggest that such a lineage is the mother of all human life. Light pigmentation, light hair, straight hair, etc., are the marks of human mutations. Africanized features in the human species would be the baseline. White Supremacists could have some fun doing DNA testing for membership into their organizations.
Of course, I do not accept the speculations of scientists and prefer to hold their fickle answers up to the same ridicule to which they hold my creationist views. My answers on where human life started and how it came to be haven’t changed despite finds related to archaeology, paleontology, or anthropology. They haven’t changed based on DNA testing or carbon-14 testing. However, scientists—the oh-so-well-educated elite—find themselves changing human history on a constant basis. Their “facts” last only so long, eventually becoming the “folly” of previous conjecture and thought.