As an institution, the Smithsonian is zealous for Darwinism.
So far, the find’s pathway reminds me of other hominin fossils whose “transitional” or “ancestral” status ultimately went belly up.
Evolutionary biologists sometimes try to shoehorn un-human-like fossils into our human-like genus.
The picture of human origins is murky, and the evolutionary account is not getting any clearer.
Some critics of the theory of intelligent design complain that ID makes unwarranted design inferences.