Whatever Ardi was, everyone agrees the fossils was initially badly crushed and needed extensive reconstruction.
Federico Carboni wanted suicide because he had no autonomy, saying in an interview, “I am like a boat adrift in the ocean.”
As for the “God of the gaps” charge, the basic objection is that ID is an argument from ignorance, based upon what we don’t know.
The spines of Australian echidnas and North American porcupines are remarkably similar.
“There are many many many people who have come to the water’s edge, who have seen the problems with Darwinian evolution, have counted the cost, and recoiled.”