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Going Ape Over Ida

Fossil Ida


With all the promotional power of a combined summer blockbuster extravaganza including Wolverine, Star Trek, Transformers and Harry Potter, evolutionists have released Ida, the lemur/monkey/pre-man fossil thingy.

Not just a quiet announcement by some paleontologist posting his scientific paper, the fossil called “Ida” was prepped for the full red carpet world release using an impressive media blitz. The fossil was unveiled on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at a full-blown news conference at the famed American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The fossil can be viewed on its own fully interactive website. Television’s A&E has a two-hour documentary already produced for showing on Memorial Day on the History Channel, later to be release on the BBC in Britain and ZDF in Germany. Ida also received exclusive appearances on “Good Morning America,” “Nightline” and “World News.” And, a book called The Link has already been written and published on the fossil, released the same week as the unveiling with 110,000 copies already shipped. Google even worked the fossil into their logo for a day. The world has been introduced to Ida by full multimedia spectacle.

Google Missing Link Logo

Why is the world going ape over Ida?

Well, because this fossil is being claimed to be the “missing link” in man’s evolution, finally found since Charles Darwin first published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life 150 years ago. Ida, it’s been touted, proves the Theory of Evolution.

The fossil called “Ida” is scientifically named Darwinius masillae, in honor of Charles Darwin on his 200th birthday. According to Ida’s website, the fossil is “a 47 million year old, perfectly preserved primate recovered from the Messel Pit in Germany. Ida is the most complete early primate fossil ever found, and scientists believe that she could be one of our earliest ancestors. She is a remarkable link between the first primates and modern humans and despite having lived 47 million years ago, her features show striking similarities to our own.”

Long after it’s initial discovery in 1983, Jørn Hurum found the fossil in a private collectors display and paid a small fortune to obtain it. Horum then studied the flattened but 95% preserved fossil for years before coming to the conclusion that the fossil shared the attributes of lemurs and monkeys and therefore, according to evolutionists, man. One scientist named the fossil after his 6-year old daughter, Ida, as the age would be compatible to the 9-month age the creature most likely died at. Ida’s website describes the fossil having “four legs and a long tail, was about the size of a small cat, and had human-like nails instead of claws, along with a bone in her foot that is similar to humans.” What makes the find exceptional to evolutionists is the perceived opposable thumbs on a lemur-like creature.

As Britain’s famed nature television star and champion of evolution Sir David Attenborough proclaimed, “This little creature is going to show us our connection with the rest of the mammals. This is the one that connects us directly with them… Now people can say, ‘OK, we are primates, show us the link.’ The link they would have said up to now is missing — well, it’s no longer missing.”

Does Ida prove that the Theory of Evolution is true, and that mankind evolved from lumur-like monkey creatures?

Ken Ham, renouned president of Answers in Genesis says the “missing link” story is full of “hot air.”

Ham is alarmed by the massive media blitz proclaiming the fossil as the “missing link,” because few other scientists could also study the fossil to verify the claims, a staple tenet to the Scientific Process. “It’s obviously a lot of media hype to promote an ideology,” Ham told, reported in their Tuesday, May 19, 2009, article by Drew Zahn titled “Media blitz: ‘We found missing link.'” He stated, “In the wake of a lot of controversies in creation vs. evolution, evolutionists want to be able to announce they have the ultimate proof… It’s obviously a ploy to promote a book and a television special and to indoctrinate the public in evolution by making a lot of statements that are way beyond what the scientists themselves wrote.”

Ham has released six of his own observations of the fossil.

  1. Nothing about this fossil suggests it is anything other than an extinct, lemur-like creature.
  2. A fossil can never show evolution.
  3. Similarities can never show evolution.
  4. The remarkable preservation is a hallmark of rapid burial.
  5. If evolution were true, there would be real transitional forms… [instead of] strikingly similar to organisms we see today.
  6. Evolutionists only open up about the lack of fossil missing links once a new one is found.

Ham concludes that Ida is nothing more than “a small, tailed, probably tree-climbing, and now extinct primate — from a kind created on Day 6 of Creation Week… Despite the headlines, Ida gives no support to primate (or human) evolution.”

And, what does Ken Ham thinks about all the media hoopla over Ida? “For Attenborough to come out and say, ‘We have the missing link; it’s no longer missing,’ only admits they haven’t had missing links before this time. If evolution is so decided, why would they get all excited about one fossil that they find now, when they claim they’ve had proof of evolution for years?”

The Bible on Ida

No two topics are the most beat up concerning the Bible as the opening and closing books of Genesis and Revelation. To deny the Creation is to claim the Bible isn’t trustworthy as the Word of God. To discredit the Bible is to deny the sovereign plan of God. And, to dispose of Revelation is to say that Jesus will not have His victory.

Many want to buy into Satan’s lie of erasing the very notion of the one true God so that they can live lives apart from God’s moral law. To support their delusion, deniers of the Creation and ultimately God will produce all sorts of “evidence” to support their desire to live apart from Him, which in reality is rebellion against their Creator. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 explains how this rebellion works, and how God uses their rebellion against them.

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”

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  • nice wording “pre-man fossil thingy”. i remember seeing something like this on fox news. how come the church has not fought back yet on this like they did with the divinci code, “jesus’ bones and the harry potter movies? the church is usually good at jumping all over this nonsense yet they been silent on this.

  • Dawg, I think maybe the answer to that is: A lot of Christians buy into evolution. We call it Theistic Evolution: God used evolutionary processes to bring about what we see today. It’s a load of horse-leavin’s.

    That’s why when we send believing kids off to college they generally come back as evolutionists. We as Christians don’t know what we believe when it comes to creation v. evolution. And we don’t know how to combat it(although, thanks to Dr. Carl Baugh and many web-sites), this is changing.

    It’s not like the History Channel is going to give all sides of the issue.

    Example: Creationist Kent Hovind tells a story about Dr. Carl Baugh (a former evolutionist and discoverer of 16 dinosaurs) during a dig in Glen Rose, Texas. The fossils are of human and dinosaur footprints in the same layer of strata. “National Geographic” was at the dig and wouldn’t even look at the fossils. They interviewed the evolutionist, (they never talked to Dr. Baugh) who honestly said that he saw nothing to refute evolution; even though Dr. Baugh kept asking if he wanted to see it. He wouldn’t look at the facts.

  • I don’t know ~ that does kinda look like a guy I dated back in the early 70’s. hee hee hee

    Seriously though, it is amazing how people will believe we could have “evolved” from something like this! I know I didn’t!

  • I posted this on Bible Prophecy Today, but I thought I would add it here too:

    This reminds me of that old joke about the scientist who challenged God to create life. God agreed, so the scientist reached down and scooped up a handful of dirt. God said, “Hold it! Stop right there! You go get your OWN dirt.”


  • I took my family to Glen Rose last month to see the dinosaur footprints. Many have been cut out and relocated to museums. But, those prints that are left are really exciting to see. I personally put my feet in human tracks that were along with big dino tracks. My kids had a blast swimming with the little fish inside big footprints!

    A proof for Creation is not just the human/dino side-by-side tracks, but the fact that the Brazos River runs over the tracks. If there were millions of years since the tracks were made, the river would have eroded them clean by now.

    Interesting, too, about that, because I’d think a dino find of this magnitude would make scientists dam up or divert the river so as to not erase the dino tracks away. Hmm.

  • You’d think.

    You never hear so-called scientists talk about poly-strate fossils, either. Or the fact that human skeletons have been found in lower strata than dinosaur skeletons. It’s almost like they got tossed around by a lot of water and flash buried, but that’s impossible.

    But it’s silly to did up some monkey bones and say, “We found the missing link.” No, you found a monkey.

    Maybe they want to believe they are decended from creatures who live in trees and throw excrement at each other, but I prefer to look at the data and believe that I, personally, was made special by a loving Creator God Who has my best interests at heart.

  • And before anyone hits me over the head, when I said the flood was impossible it was tongue in cheek. There was a global flood. There’s too much data to ignore it.

  • Ida know why this has gathered so much fossily attention, but I do know I want to see Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian!

  • I stand corrected. Instead of thinking “Wow. Evolutionists found another monkey.” I should have thought, “Wow. Evolutionists have found another lemur.”

    Don Batten writes: To be fair, the paleontologists did not actually say it was a link between humans and apes, but it is understandable that journalists might interpret what they said in this way. They were claiming that Ida might shed some light on what might have been the connection between mankind’s supposed evolutionary ancestry, as a primate, and non-primates. Dr Jens Franzen said at the press conference at the celebratory “launch” in New York, “We are not dealing with our grand-grand-grandmother, but perhaps with our grand-grand-grandaunt.” Note that Franzen here admits that the creature is not an ancestor of humans, so Ida is not a link between humans and anything, not even with the hypothetical precursors of primates in general.

    “‘It’s an extraordinarily complete, wonderful specimen, but it’s not telling us too much that we didn’t know before,’ says paleoanthropologist Elwyn Simons of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

    Again, Don Batten writes: Sadly, the gullible will be further convinced with all the bravado that evolution explains our origins and they therefore have no need for a Creator. But this is much ado about almost nothing other than a nicely preserved fossil for which they had paid a lot of money. And in the Year of Darwin, evolutionists, and especially atheists, are keen to milk it for what it is worth to push evolution to the public. If this is the best they have, Bible-believing creationists have nothing to fear.

  • As a youngster, I was ‘in love’ with handsome David Attenborough. I used to think he should have been the actor, rather than Richard (Dickie) Attenborough his brother. Not any more, his acting is useless, and acting is what he was trying to do when he had the ‘brass neck’ to liken Ida to Lucy the other monkey business that has been proved WRONG! It’s the old trick of repeating a lie often enough so the people will believe it.

  • Susan UK, Lucy was not just proven wrong, but was proven a fraud! They even showed how they did it and people STILL buy into Lucy.

    For those who don’t know, the man who (I believe) discovered Lucy reshaped the hip-bones because he thought they were wrong. He actually used a grinding tool to re-make the hips so Lucy would stand up-right.

  • I think if you add 47 million years to ANYTHING. you can make an arguement that it evolved into whatever you want.

    even an overgrown monkey-like rat

    there is no nuclear method in science to accurately date anything over 50,000years.


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