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Hyping The Next Big Missing Link
Popular Science ^ | May 20, 2009 | Stuart Fox

Posted on 05/23/2009 12:27:21 PM PDT by Islander7

A spectacularly preserved fossil monkey makes its debut as a branded media event, while some scientists wonder what all the hype's about,

The term "missing link" first appearing in its modern connotation in 1863, and unfortunately, 146 years later, it hasn't lost any of its power. Yesterday, amid massive media coverage, the American Museum of Natural History, a team of European paleontologists, and the History Channel unveiled a spectacularly preserved primate fossil that they dubbed "the eighth wonder of the world."

The fossil, a preserved specimen of the primate Darwinius masillae, has been rolled out like a summer blockbuster, prompting varied reactions from scientists and science journalists across the media spectrum.

(Excerpt) Read more at popsci.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: evolution; junkscience; science
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What do you think? Does the extensive, and at times exaggerated, coverage of the Darwinius fossil contribute to the public understanding of science by supporting evolution, or does the hype just lead to a general mistrust of science and the media?
1 posted on 05/23/2009 12:27:21 PM PDT by Islander7
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To: Islander7
Piltdown man redux IMO.
2 posted on 05/23/2009 12:29:31 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Islander7

Personally, I believe that if scientists genuinely wish to find the missing link between civilized human beings and primitive ape-like creatures, they need merely hop in the family beater and drive over to Washington D.C. on any day of the week.


3 posted on 05/23/2009 12:30:56 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (here)
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To: Islander7

I am partial to evolution, and I don’t consider this find to be all that significant. The “Lucy” humanoid in Africa is far more significant. This is not a “missing link”.


4 posted on 05/23/2009 12:35:56 PM PDT by FreepShop1
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To: Islander7

I really don’t understand why people on FR are so concerned about evolution. God has reveled himself to man and has allowed for salvation through Christ. I am not sure why and how we got here really matters.


5 posted on 05/23/2009 12:37:16 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Liz Cheney 2012 - the badass b*tches of the Republican Party)
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To: Islander7
"Yesterday, amid massive media coverage, the American Museum of Natural History, a team of European paleontologists, and the History Channel unveiled a spectacularly preserved primate fossil that they dubbed "the eighth wonder lie of the world year." There, fixed it.
6 posted on 05/23/2009 12:37:18 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Perdogg
God has reveled himself to man and has allowed for salvation through Christ. I am not sure why and how we got here really matters.

It's pretty clear how we got here if you read your bible.

7 posted on 05/23/2009 12:38:37 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Perdogg

The nits need picking. Why use a mirror if you don’t care anyway?


8 posted on 05/23/2009 12:39:37 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Nathan Zachary
I have read the Bible. If Adam and Eve were the only people, how did the population of the world expand, through incest?
9 posted on 05/23/2009 12:41:08 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Liz Cheney 2012 - the badass b*tches of the Republican Party)
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To: Islander7

> or does the hype just lead to a general mistrust of
> science and the media?

Darwinism and Evolutionism are not “science”. They are largely “show biz” for the media and atheists, neither of which can ultimately be trusted to be steadfast, since neither can appeal to an external, objective, transcendent standard by which they guide and order their lives or their thought.

Not that there aren’t some nice people among atheists and evolutionists, and maybe even “journalists”, but they don’t have a leg to stand on when they try to defend whatever moral compass they may have.


10 posted on 05/23/2009 12:41:59 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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"I have read the Bible. If Adam and Eve were the only people, how did the population of the world expand, through incest?"

Read it again. You missed something.

11 posted on 05/23/2009 12:42:32 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Perdogg
I am not sure why and how we got here really matters.

I agree, the manner of how we became 'human' is of less importance in an eternal sense. It is our spirit that is eternal, not our flesh. However, I believe an honest attempt of understand these physical events can be a form of worship for believers. Understanding the biology of living creatures like studying the mind of God.

12 posted on 05/23/2009 12:45:25 PM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Perdogg
I guess you need a little help, don't you.

Adam and eve lived over 800 years. (A footnote in the writings of the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus says tradition gives Adam thirty-three sons and twenty-three daughters)

Since Adam and Eve were created perfect, their genetic makeup would be perfect. So would that of their first few children. With no genetic problems to enter the picture, God could allow them to intermarry, and populate the known world.

As time went by, however, genetic imperfections would make close-kin marriages impractical. But what would cause these imperfections?

Cain had murdered his brother Abel, and even lied to God about it (Genesis 4:8-9). It's obvious he didn't care about God or his law, so he likely didn't care about God's dietary plan either, (Leviticus 11; Deuteronomy 14), and ate whatever pleased him.

Through careless eating habits, and who knows what other aberrations the early population indulged in, mankind became genetically distorted, and God had to eventually impose a law against near-kin marriages (Leviticus 18:6).

13 posted on 05/23/2009 12:52:05 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Islander7
some scientists wonder what all the hype's about

Follow the money. It's really a shame they do this. From all I've read, this is an interesting and likely important fossil but nothing near the hype. Reading the fossil record is kind of like reading a book whose pages have been ripped into tiny pieces and blown away by the wind. This is one of those pieces.

14 posted on 05/23/2009 12:52:45 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Westbrook
Darwinism and Evolutionism are not “science”.

They are "science" just as much as Global Warming is science.

15 posted on 05/23/2009 12:55:49 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: Islander7

Yes


16 posted on 05/23/2009 12:57:25 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: Islander7
That is true. The original creation was in Gods image. After Sin (corruption of creation by Satan), God gave Adam and Eve clothes of skins, our human bodies. We are born into origional sin because we are born into satans corruption of creation- which includes our flesh.

That's why you are "born again" when you are baptized, It's a "cutting away" of our earthly flesh, preparing our spirit by following Christ's path for that spiritual body we receive when the flesh dies.

17 posted on 05/23/2009 1:00:54 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Islander7

I think Darwinius will do for biology what the “Jesus” ossuary did for archaeology and decades of breathless televised tomb openings have done for Egyptology. The hubbub will die down, the scientists who went with spin over phylogenetic analysis will suffer a bit of disrepute, and life will go on much as it has.


18 posted on 05/23/2009 1:26:34 PM PDT by Caesar Soze
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"Darwinius masillae is definitely an "awesome fossil," said University of Minnesota, Morris, biologist PZ Myers in Scienceblogs.com, but all the hype about how she's the missing link in human evolution is annoying. Ida is just one of many, many links in the evolution of humans—and chimpanzees and rhesus monkeys—so she isn't really "at all unique as a representative of the complex history of life on Earth."

LINK http://www.theweek.com/article/index/96718/Ida_Missing_link_found

19 posted on 05/23/2009 1:55:37 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Perdogg
It's not evolution, that concerns people. It's the claims for evolution that are the problem. It's the decades of junk science to promote evolution and it's pal, atheism, that is the concern. It's the misuse of science as a sledge hammer to attack religion that is the concern.

Clear now?

20 posted on 05/23/2009 2:42:37 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Are they insane, stupid or just evil?)
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