Despite Dennis Venema’s statements to the contrary, there is no clear-cut lineage of fossils leading from ape-like hominids to modern humans.
For the established scientific consensus on human evolution, 2017 was a genuine annus horribilis.
It looks like 2017 could become some kind of genuine annus horribilis for the established scientific consensus on human evolution.
Research into human origins, we mean the entire field, is a mess.
A new paper in the journal Nature, authored by paleoanthropologists Bernard Wood and Terry Harrison and titled “The evolutionary context of the first hominins,” is critical of the claim that Ardipithecus ramidus (“Ardi”) was a bipedal ancestor of modern humans. In 2009, the journal Science devoted an entire issue to introducing Ardi and promoting it […]