December 7th, 2012
Why Do We Still Have Monkeys?
We are frequently asked, “If monkeys evolved into people, why are there still monkeys around?” This is a good question; however, the committed evolutionist is not bothered by it. He would merely answer, it is not the whole monkey population that changed into people, but just a branch of the main population. Later a branch from this new line became somewhat more humanlike. Eventually after a vast multitude of branches, today’s human characteristics emerged. So these evolutionists would say we are a branch of a branch of a branch etc. Some of the branches may have died out while others continued on into the present. That’s why we still have monkeys today.
Although this answer sounds good on the surface, it doesn’t really solve the problem for evolution. If even a few of the branches continue, there should be representatives of these branches living today for us to see. We should be able to “read” the story of evolution across the top of the branching tree, but it’s not there to read. Instead, we find systematic gaps between the major kinds of animals. Many researchers are finally recognizing this serious lack of evidence for evolution both in the living world and in the fossil record.
Dr. Colin Patterson, senior paleontologist at the British museum of Natural History, is one researcher who has recognized this lack of evidence. After 20 years of research trying to prove evolution, he said he woke up one morning and asked himself what he knew for sure about evolution. When he couldn’t come up with anything he realized he had been duped into believing evolution was true. In a letter to Luther Sunderland (Quoted in the book Darwin’s Enigma, on p. 89), Dr. Patterson said: “I fully agree with your comments on the lack of direct illustration of evolutionary transitions in my book. If I knew of any, fossil or living, I would certainly have included them. You suggest that an artist should be used to visualize such transformations, but where would he get the information from? I could not honestly, provide it, and if I were to leave it to artistic license, would that not mislead the reader?”
After 20 years of trying to prove evolution, he knew of no transitions, fossil or living! What about all the textbook and museum pictures of transitional forms, then? We can only conclude that their originators have been duped into thinking the evidence really exists or that they are not as honest with the data as Colin Patterson was. The evidence shows monkeys have always been monkeys and people have always been people.
By Dave & Mary Jo Nutting
Originally published in the May/June 1996 Think and Believe newsletter.
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