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Mar 28 2012

Satan plants new hominid fossil

Oh let's see, who could it be ... SATAN!?

The trickster god has been busy of late, fabricating and planting a new fossil for Jesus-hating physical anthropologists to crow about. This one from a  rare and incredibly useful diagnostic region of the body for scientists studying human/primate origins:

(NYT) — Yohannes Haile-Selassie, a paleoanthropologist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Ohio, and his colleagues said the species the foot belonged to remains undetermined, for lack of any cranial or dental remains associated with the specimen. But they said the foot was strikingly similar to the earlier hominin Ardipithecus ramidus, nicknamed Ardi, which lived 4.4 million years ago, also in what is now Ethiopia.

We tend of think of our hands as the preiminent extremisity in human evolution, we are after all Man the Tool User. But it’s actually our feet that have been most radically reworked by evolution.

Feet are hard to find. The bones are small, they fall away easily. Or they make a yummy little morsel for carnivores and scavengers of all sizes. The bones may be small, but finding fossilized hominid foot bones is a pretty big deal.

If the foot belongs to Ardipethicus ramidus it shows that that species was co-extant with Australopithecus afarensis, more commonly known by the holotype fossil called Lucy. If so Ardi and Lucy represent two fairly different types of early humans, one that still relied on forests for most of its subsistence, and afarensis which was more adapted to the growing plains and is more similar to anatomically modern humans.

Or so Satan would have you believe.

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  1. 1
    raven

    God you mean, planted that fossil.

    Most fundies claim that god runs around filling up the earth’s surface with fossils. Giving satan the credit makes satan look too powerful and god look like an absent minded idiot who can’t keep track of his own creationists.

    Although fundie god or satan, hard to tell the difference.

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    ss123

    Hehe, love the title.

  3. 3
    jakc

    As I recall in discussions in the Anthro lounge after class (and no, it was not a bar), we determined that god plants fossils and satan plants bones. Hehehe.

  4. 4
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    Oooh, dat wascawwy Satan, awways pwanting dose fossiws.

  5. 5
    Goomba

    Any takers wanna bet that most Creationists will try to argue that this dosen’t qualify as a transitional because we never found the WHOLE skeleton?

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    frankb

    All the creationists need is imagination. Some old mummified foot found at the base of a cliff was carried around and got buried again somewhere else. Sure, happens all the time.

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    geraldmcgrew

    Nah, it just means these evil scientists pulled together bones from different species they found all across the globe, and are now trying to pass them off as coming from some singular fantastical “intermediate species of hominid”.

    Never underestimate just how sneaky and clever these conspirators are.

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    Nick Gotts

    BBC story says it’s not Ardipithecus ramidus, although there are similarities.

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