Fossil Footprints on Crete – First Evidence of Humans Killed by Noah’s Flood or Another Young-Earth Mystery?

If a global Flood destroyed all humans except Noah and his family just 4350 years ago, where are all the human fossils? This is a question that any young-earth apologist must be prepared to answer. It’s a perfectly natural and appropriate question. After all, according to young-earth creationists (YECs), nearly all fossil remains of dinosaurs, […]

Human Remains in a Drowned Ice Age Cave Contradict Young-Earth Chronology

During the last Ice Age when the oceans were up to 300 feet lower than they are today an extensive cave system on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico was exposed above sea level allowing it to be inhabited by land animals.  When the great ice sheets melted from the Earth’s surface causing the oceans to […]

Bones of Contention VI: Young-Earth Creationists’ Continued Confusion over Homo naledi Fossils

Thousands of bone fragments have now been reported from chambers deep in the same cave system in South Africa. They belong to what has been described as a new hominid species; Homo naledi. When the first set of bones and the context in which they were recovered were revealed, young-earth creationists (YECs) scrambled to set the […]

Young-earth Creationist’ Responses to the Homo naledi Fossils from South Africa

News is starting to leak out about what appears to be the imminent announcement of new discoveries and analyses of the perplexing bones found deep in a cave in South Africa. In addition to providing a much younger date for the fossils than expected and the revelation that there is a second chamber with additional specimens, […]

Cave with Structures Made from Stalagmites Another Problem for YEC Chronology

It seems like every month there is an amazing new discovery of ancient human activities.  Last week it was revealed that “structures” built from stalagmites deep – more than 1000 feet – in a French cave are much older than previously thought.  You can read about these strange structures in many places. I found this article in The Atlantic to be […]

Bones of Contention IV: A YEC Homo naledi Fossil Status Scorecard

Creation Ministries International, the third of the big-three literal solar-day young earth creationist organizations, weighed in yesterday with their own assessment of the remarkable set of bones found in the deep recesses of a South African cave. The scientists who recovered and examined those bones over a two-year period have identified them as belonging to a […]

The Frequently Overlooked Geological Context of Hominid Fossils

The human fossil record is probably one of these least understood yet frequently discussed topics in the Christian church.  I have neither the expertise nor the desire to attempt to resolve the debate over whether particular fossils represent human ancestors or not.  I understand that human origins is a sensitive topic, especially within the conservative evangelical church […]

Thousands of Stone Age Artifacts and Fossil Bones: A Story of an Ancient Butcher Shop

I have been writing about the immense number of stone artifacts that are preserved in the sands, soil and rock layers of Africa in response to the young earth creationist’s rejection of their existence or at least of their abundance.  I was reminded that I had written about stone artifacts a few years ago that […]

Amazonian Forest Islands: Accidental Products of Ancient Human Occupation

The Amazon basin isn’t all a lush tropical forest.  In large portions of western Amazonian wet seasonally flooded grasslands – not trees – are the norm.   The upper branches of the Amazon River wind themselves across massive flood plains like snakes writhing across a sandy surface.  One feature of these nearly featureless flat plains that […]

NH Notes: An Ancient Jawbone Found By Fishermen off the Coast of Taiwan

From a net pulled out of the ocean doesn’t seem a likely place to find an ancient human fossil.  But by scraping the bottom of the ocean,Taiwanese fishermen have been pulling up all sorts of unusual items in addition to their targeted prey.  Like some trawlers off the cost of Great Britain these fishermen have […]

Geological Context IV: The Pit of Bones – An Ancient Death Chamber

Down a 43 foot vertical shaft, another 40 foot slope, and buried under thousands of cave bear, lion and lynx bones, lies the partially fossilized bones of at least 30 individual humans.  Welcome to a chamber of horrors otherwise known as Sima de los Huesos (the pit of bones).   This pit is but a small […]

Geological Context III: The Origins of the Dmanisi Skull

A new hominid skull find is making news today.  The headlines are predictable over-dramatic but the skull nonetheless is quite impressive in its state of preservation.  I don’t have time for a detailed report of this find but I have read the paper (Lordkipanize et al. 2013 see references) and several other papers about this […]

Amazonian Forest Islands: Accidental Products of Ancient Human Occupation

The Amazon basin isn’t all just a lush tropical forest.  In large portions of western Amazonia wet seasonally-flooded grasslands, not trees, are the norm.   The upper branches of the Amazon River wind themselves across massive flood plains like snakes writhing across a sandy surface.  One feature of these nearly featureless flat plains that has puzzled […]

Implications of Artifacts and Bones on Ancient Human Butchery Practices

A recently published study is making news the last couple of days. It regards evidence obtained from remains of preserved bones of human scavenging and/or hunting practices.   The site of the dig is a hillside in southern Kenya where, in less than an acre, more than 3700 fossils and more than 2000 artifacts have been recovered […]

How Similar is Similar? Baramins, Species, and the Identification of Common Ancestors

A recent paper published by the Answers Research Journal, the research publication of Answers in Genesis, reported a comparison of human and chimpanzee genomes and found that they have, on average, a DNA similarity of  only 70%.   This is a very striking number since the usual numbers you hear thrown about as representing the similarity […]