There are conflicting evidences, a lack of details, opposing hypotheses held with great confidence, and a wide range of explanatory mechanisms that are routinely used as needed.
Research into human origins, we mean the entire field, is a mess.
You’d likely predict: This will largely be about the timing of our primordial fire use. There will be comparisons with chimps.
Given evolutionary presuppositions, the direction of research and learning is not from lesser to greater clarity, but just the opposite.
In his new book, Jonathan Wells asks a simple question: If the icons of evolution were just innocent textbook errors, why do so many of them still persist?
Trifling evidence and momentous conclusions. That is evolution in a nutshell.
The day’s science headlines include a sensational announcement that our ancestors separated from apes not in Africa as previously thought, but in Eastern Europe.
In 1982, paleontologists Niles Eldredge and Ian Tattersall noted that it is a “myth that the evolutionary histories of living beings are essentially a matter of discovery.”
Some scientists hoped that H. naledi would prove to be the fossil to bridge an evolutionary gap.
There was a lot of hype about this hominid when it was first published in 2010.