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Your Views: True science of man’s origins is not in dispute

POSTED: March 1, 2014 1:00 a.m.

I was quite surprised that the letter from George Kaulbach on Feb. 20 was printed by The Times. He very selectively picked out information which supposedly supports his beliefs. It is obvious that his “research” has been limited primarily or wholly to the output of creationists, several of whom he cites.

Any legitimate scientist worthy of the title knows that evolution is a proven fact. Kaulbach is one of the creationists who say “I did not come from a monkey,” and they are absolutely correct. The lower primates (monkeys, apes, etc.) branched off from the evolutionary tree as separate species 6 million to 8 million years ago while the other species continued to evolve and resulted in man (Homo sapiens).

Paleoanthropologists, scientists who study man’s origins, have traced the ancestors of man back as early as 4.4 million years and have an almost complete record of prehumans from 3 million or 4 million years ago, one of the earliest being Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis).

Java man (Homo erectus) of the same genus as man is one of the more recent of our early ancestors and gradually worked its way from Africa to Asia well before Homo sapiens did but later became extinct. Many more fossil remains of erectus have been discovered.

I applaud Ann McFeatters’ column and share her alarm that so many Americans reject evolution.

Jim Scharnagel
Gainesville


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