You’ll forgive me for being a little bit jaded by now at news like this.
It looks like 2017 could become some kind of genuine annus horribilis for the established scientific consensus on human evolution.
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.
Does DNA coding demonstrate that we are here by intent? And is the brain itself enough to produce perceptions, feelings, thoughts and awareness?
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.
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.”