Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sahelanthropus tchadensis

A cast of one the earliest members of the human family. I took a picture of it when I visited the human evolution exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. It is debated if it belongs in Hominid family (includes humans) or lesser apes. This is amazing because it shows evolution and not a designer. Life evolves and is not suddenly created. There are too many transitional features between apes and humans to ignore. A Designer would create things new, not slowly evolve one creature into another unless it was intentionally being deceptive.

This cousin of ours is around 7 million years old. It might be our human and chimpanzee common ancestor, but it is definitely on the family tree.

The S. tchadensis fossils were discovered in the Djurab desert of Chad by a team of four led by Michel Brunet; three Chadians, Adoum Mahamat, Djimdoumalbaye Ahounta and Gongdibé Fanoné, and Frenchman, Alain Beauvilain. All known material of Sahelanthropus were found between July 2001 to March 2002 at three sites.

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