August 30, 2016 the Chattanooga News Free Press chose to carry a story by Alicia Chang of the Associated Press entitled “Did fall from Tree Kill Famous Human Ancestor Lucy?”
They ran this picture of a model that stands in the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
How will young children view this picture of a model that has now been proven to be scientifically incorrect? Having worked with children my entire life, I know that most will believe that our ancestors looked like the model and this false impression will stay in their minds and cloud their ability to receive opposing information as they mature. (The truth is there were only 47 small fragments of a needed 207 bones that were actually found. So this, Lucy, was constructed according to the evolutionists pre-existing notion.) A creationist could have constructed a totally different model with the same fossils. The model depended upon the “belief” of the craftsman.
This “news” article is totally insignificant as far as any scientific information. The writer focuses on whether “Lucy” fell from a tree. So what was the purpose of the AP and The Times Free Press in carrying this article?
My purpose in writing about it is to focus on how a picture of a man-made model is incorrect and how it affects our society and what our children believe.
As a people, we must decide. Do we want to know the truth and to we want our children to be taught true or error? Here is one factual bit of information about “Lucy” given by evolutionists.
If evolution has been proven, why do evolutionists resort to such tactics as the model of Lucy in a Science Museum or continue to flaunt the find as a ‘missing link?’ Why isn’t provable data given instead?
Here is what is taught about Lucy and other apes who lived in the area where she was found: Lucy (AL288) – Australopithecus. Hidden inside their account you will find these words (notice use of the words, ‘work’ and ‘play’):
Recent research has shown that she didn’t move in same way as humans do, nor was she simply a terrestrial being. Au. afarensis may well have still been adapted to live and work in trees at least part-time.
Information found at Answers in Genesis: Lucy: Did she walk like us? Here is a small part of what they report:
Three Israeli scientists have reported in the most recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science1 that Au. afarensis may not be our ancestor at all. It all hinges on the jaw of these creatures (pardon the pun). Alas, Au. afarensis has a lower jaw bone (mandible) that closely resembles that of a gorilla—not that of a human or even a chimp. The scientists conclude that this “cast[s] doubt on the role of Au. afarensis as a modern human ancestor.”
This should not come as a huge surprise, since even Donald Johanson, the discoverer of the first Au. afarensis “Lucy,” conceded that its V-shaped mandible was very ape-like, and certainly nothing like that of a human.2
With all the mis-information that has been given on this one fossil find, one wonders how much other falsifying is being done? Should not parents get involved and fight for the minds of our children?
Long ago, William Jennings Bryan said:
“The parents have a right to say that no teacher paid by their money shall rob their children of faith in God and send them back to their homes skeptical, or infidels, or agnostics, or atheists.” —- William Jennings Bryan
This is still true today!