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12 Million Year Old Hominid With Modern Facial Features Found

In cool, evolution, Science on June 2, 2009 at 7:58 pm

God’s Rough Draft?

First there was Lucy,
then Ida, now Lluc. The case keeps building, the evidence is piling up and creationist worldwide are popping a Xanax or two. Why? Researchers digging in Spain have uncovered a 12 million year old hominid fossil, and named it Lluc. Lluc is an otherwise unknown species, promptly named “Anoiapithecus brevirostris”, and it promises to shake up field of anthropology, namely the “out of Africa theory”.* This ancestor of ours has something previously unseen in hominids other than homo sapiens, a flat and ‘modern’ face.

Researchers have discovered a fossilized face and jaw from a previously unknown hominoid primate genus in Spain dating to the Middle Miocene era, roughly 12 million years ago. Nicknamed “Lluc,” the male bears a strikingly “modern” facial appearance with a flat face, rather than a protruding one. The finding sheds important new light on the evolutionary development of hominids, including orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and humans.

Anoiapithecus displays a very modern facial morphology, with a muzzle prognathism (i.e., protrusion of the jaw) so reduced that, within the family Hominidae, scientists can only find comparable values within the genus Homo, whereas the remaining great apes are notoriously more prognathic (i.e., having jaws that project forward markedly). The extraordinary resemblance does not indicate that Anoiapithecus has any relationship with Homo, the researchers note. However, the similarity might be a case of evolutionary convergence, where two species evolving separately share common features.

The findings will be published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

*Quote mining makes baby Jesus cry

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  1. Couldn't the Iberian Peninsula have been part of Africa that far back?

  2. Creationists will never changed their beliefs because they are not based on reason, logic or common sense. Soit doesn't matter how much eveidence you present them with, they will always point to the Bible as their ultimate source of truth and the final word. For them it is infallible.

  3. The Bible can be infallible as well as correct. I don't see why there is a big issue there.
    Also, many Christians do accept some form of evolution. But how does any of the information here show that it is a fully blind process. That's the point of contention. Not simply your misrepresentation….
    but, as the old saying goes:

    "Atheists will never change their beliefs because they are not based on reason, logic or common sense. Soit doesn't matter how much eveidence you present them with, they will always point to their caricatures as their ultimate source of truth and the final word. For them it is reality."

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