The Task

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1. What impact will this find have on man’s understanding of his ancestry?

2. What implications will this find have on religion?

3. Why is the discovery of the prehistoric skull a crucial discovery?

Why is the discovery of the prehistoric skull a crucial discovery?

Why is the discovery of the prehistoric skull a crucial discovery?

There has been many case to prove that humans comes from ape. By the process of evolution, humans are said to be evolved from apes. However the evolution theory is not that favored in the sights of Christians, who believed that man was created and not evolved. Thus in this battle of Creationism vs evolutionism, the discovery of the prehistoric skull has define the winner.

It was crucial because it substantiate the theory of the early evolution. What the early theory was unable to prove, this discovery prove it all. The State Board of Education in Austin gave preliminary approval by an 11-4 vote to a slate of books opposed by groups that contend the texts contain factual errors about evolution and fail to present known scientific weaknesses of evolutionary theory.
Scientists and educators in favor of the books argued the theory of evolution is the bedrock of modern scientific research. By this discovery, they can futher add on the Charles Darwin’s theory. Refer to

MSNBC reports:
“It is a very important finding because it does confirm hominids walked upright on two feet definitely 4.5 million years ago,” paleoanthropologist Sileshi Semaw, of the CRAFT Stone Age Institute at Indiana University in the United States, said in an interview. ... “If you go back in time, around 4.5 million years ago and older, there are only very few sites across Africa where a few jaw, finger and toe bones have been found,” Semaw said. Ardipithecus is believed to be the earliest hominid genus after the chimpanzee split. Hominid fossils dated around 5.5 million years ago have recently been discovered and were assigned to a new species named Ardipithecus kadabba. A. ramidus is slightly younger.

This discovery shaken those who believed in creationism. They are now trying to search for new evidences to argue against the findings. They would probably claim that the bones are from chimapnzees unrelated to humans, or maybe even that the bones have been faked by atheist scientist trying to do away with Christianity and disprove the belief of God.

What happened?

Scientists working in Africa have discovered a Stone Age skull that could be a link between the extinct Homo erectus species and modern humans.


Who discovered the prehistoric skull?

Researchers discovered the skull five weeks ago, 20 February 2006 at Gawis in Ethiopia's northeastern Afar region (map of Ethiopia). The area is rich in fossil and archaeological deposits ranging from 10,000 years to 5.6 million years in age.

An international group known as the Gona Paleoanthropological Research Project began field research in the area in 1999.

Asahmed Humet, a local Afar tribesman working with project, found the early-human cranium in a small gully at the base of a steep slope of sediments.


Why is the discovery of the prehistoric skull a crucial discovery?

"This skull shows the continuity of the evolutionary record, so in that sense it is a link between Homo erectus and modern humans," said Scott Simpson, a paleontologist from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

Homo erectus is thought to be an
ancestor of modern Homo sapiens. H. erectus first appeared in Africa and lived from about 1.9 to 0.8 million years ago. Homo erectus, which many believe was an ancestor of modern Homo sapiens, is thought to have died out 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.

What implications will this find have on religion?

In our generation today, scientific reports have taken over religions. The missing links found had made such impacts in our society today. Christians believed that God created Adam and Eve (the first man and woman on Earth) from dust as stated from the book of Genesis; a part of the bible. What do you think will happen to the Christian after the missing link was found? Will they still believe in the bible?

But after the missing link was found, there were certain possible consequences. Who will be affected due to the discovery of the missing link? Will there be a decline in the religious line? Will there be a dispute between science and religion? Will religion lose its value due to the scientific reports of the missing link found?

We also think that there will be some dispute between science and religion. From the beginning, there are already much dispute between science and religion. Another example of 'the missing link found' is cloning. Cloning actually denied the presence of God. Therefore, i sense a huge dispute over science and religion forthcoming.

Religion, to many people is a believe. It gives them motivation and the "trust" in god. For most religion believers, they use this "trust" to gain confidence that their "god" will be there helping them when they face difficulties. If it is true, it would'nt hurt to have a "helper" looking upon you. Even if it is not true, what is important is that the religious people are more positive in their thinking and are confidant in what they do. These seems like a alot less help than it is true but in fact, it is a great motivation which many people do not see it as. A loss in religious believers might not only be a loss in god "assisting" us but also a loss of confidence, aims and believes. With the knowledge that god is not around, people will not put up a strong fight and challenge themselves to their limits.