Re: Morgan and creationists

Elaine Morgan (
Sat, 20 Jul 1996 14:50:40 GMT

In article <4rpd9t$> wrote...

. The fossil evidence very clearly shows
> that there was no aquatic hominid ever.

> The AAH must be wrong.

The fossil record shows that all the Rift Valley hominids died at the
water's edge - on the edges of lakes, in river beds, in swamps , in
flood plains. All the fossil hunters have been taught that that is
because of taphonomicakl bias - that is where they died, but only a
naive amateur would imagine that that was where they lived.

So when they dig up a skull, they have been conditioned to say to
themselves "How fascinating. This creature could have lived on the
savanna, or maybe in the mosaic, or perhaps in the woodland. Anywhere,
in fact, except where I found it."

I quite accept that their watery graves do not prove they or many
of their relatives didn't live
in some other place where their bones would not have not been preserved.
But don't try to tell me their watery graves prove they did *not*
live by the water. They leave the question wide open.

Also, at the time I am talking about for the first split between apes
and hominids the fossil record "very clearly shows" absolutely zilch.
There are no fossils from that period.

>You speculated and were
> wrong. I suggest you speculate in a direction consistent with the fossil
> evidence.

As you see I have done just that. Try not to be so sweepingly dogmatic.