Initially, Ardi was widely called the “oldest human ancestor,” due to its supposed skeletal traits that indicated an early bipedal (upright walking) species.
We can see plenty of evidence that intelligent design in nature is real, but it’s not always clear exactly how that design is instantiated in nature.
My PhD research was on the early plate tectonic history on earth. Plate tectonics involves the movement of plates on the surface of the earth.
Now it’s possible that physics-based arguments for design could extend the argument further than you can go within biological design.
The universe may be intelligently designed and yet not be a simulation. The theory of intelligent design does not rise or fall with the simulation hypothesis.