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.
An informed debate about origins is vital for our science and our culture. You can be a part of that, but you must act now.
The editors intentionally sought out divergent perspectives on a variety of science and faith topics.
Attempts to deny the exceptional qualities of human beings and conflate us with animals share a tendency to self-destruct.
Independent groups of researchers (e.g., Hössjer et al. 2016), more or less skeptical of common ancestry, have suggested the alternative model of initial heterozygotic diversity.
Whatever its cause, our moral natures do indeed distinguish us from fauna.
“Do cats or dogs think themselves superior to humans?”
Over at the BioLogos Forum, a couple of scientists have taken on two new BIO-Complexity papers by Hössjer, Gauger, and Reeves.