Re: Polar Bear Challenge for AAH opponents
Pete Vincent (VINCENT@TRIUMF.CA)
13 Dec 1994 21:47:41 GMT
In <firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com writes:
` In article <94346.181958NDR102@psuvm.psu.edu>, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
` > Well, I can suggest a find that would be pretty compelling evidence
` > for the AAH. Suppose that an australopithecus afarensis or similar
` > skeleton is found in the Danakil Alps, and dated to the period when
` > those mountains were an island or islands, a period for which there's
` > a gap in the hominid fossil record. If the skeleton is found in
` > what used to be the seashore, that's icing on the cake.
` > AAH opponents: Would you accept that as strong evidence for the AAH?
` > If not, why not?
` Why would this prove anything? I've found the bones of kangaroos and sheep
` on beaches. I'm sure millions of the things have washed down rivers after
` floods etc. Why should a fossil australopithecus in an old sea shore be
` regarded any differently?
What might come closer, though, would be a succession of fossil types
starting with an arboreal ape, and ending with an australopithecine,
all found on an island. Not that it would be utterly conclusive,
nor that I expect it to be a probable eventuation.
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