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An Uncommonly Clear Discussion of Human Origins

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It’s not often that you hear the problem of human origins and the fossil record stated as plainly and lucidly as biologist Ann Gauger does in a new ID the Future episode. Dr. Gauger is CSC Director of Science Communications, and she chatted with Sarah Chaffee about the new book Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique. Gauger explains that there’s a gap of about a million years between when Australopithecines seem to depart from the fossil record and when modern humans unambiguously appear – the latter at about 2 million year ago. What do you suppose happened there?

The purported transitional fossils in between are extremely scarce and fragmentary. Perhaps enough to fill a shoebox, as one scientist has estimated, they are what theistic evolutionists point to in demanding that we accept the standard evolutionary story. A helpful discussion – listen to the podcast or download it here.

Photo: Skull fragment, Homo erectus, by Commie cretan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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