The virtual ink for my article had hardly dried when a story about a new discovery hit the news.
Considering the checkered history of grandiose claims and controversies in paleoanthropology, some caution may be wise.
The fossil record shows a break between the australopithecines, supposedly directly ancestral to our genus, and the first humanlike members of the genus.
This unbridged gap between the ape-like australopithecines and the abruptly appearing human-like members of our genus challenges evolutionary accounts.
If a few teeth of intermediate size and shape make “the most complete chain of human evolution,” then the evidence for human evolution must be quite modest.