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This stuff all comes in very late, except for stone knife blades, which appeared between 50,000 and 200,000 years ago, depending on whom you believe.” Fleagle adds: “There is a huge debate in the archeological literature regarding the first appearance of modern aspects of behavior such as bone carving for religious reasons, or tools (harpoons and things), ornamentation (bead jewelry and such), drawn images, arrowheads.

While hunting for fossils in the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia, in November 1974, paleo-anthropologist Donald Johanson and graduate student Tom Gray stumbled upon the partial remains of a previously unknown species of ape-like hominid.

Nicknamed “Lucy,” the mysterious skeleton was eventually classified as a 3.2 million year old “Australopithecus afarensis” - one of humankind’s earliest ancestors.

Evolution places severe demands upon fossils used to support it.

A fossil in an evolutionary sequence must have both the proper morphology (shape) to fit that sequence and an appropriate date to justify its position in that sequence.

That night, the field team celebrated the discovery over dinner and several cans of beer.

In the background, a stereo blared with the Beatles’ album “Sgt. When the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” came on, someone suggested calling the new skeleton “Lucy.” The name stuck.

He also reiterated Huxley's prescient inference, grounded in the distribution of the especially humanlike African apes, that the last shared ancestor of people and apes lived in tropical Africa.

The fossil record now confirms that Darwin and Huxley were right to place human origins in Africa, but when they were writing, fossil support for human evolution was almost absent.

However, because of severe dating problems which are seldom mentioned, this alleged sequence cannot be maintained.

To present the fossil evidence as a relatively smooth transition leading to modern humans is akin to intellectual dishonesty.

16, 2005 – When the bones of two early humans were found in 1967 near Kibish, Ethiopia, they were thought to be 130,000 years old.