Saturday, January 28, 2012

Evolution quotes #28

"'virtually all our theories about human origins were relatively unconstrained by fossil data,' observes David Pilbeam.[1] 'The theories are…fossil-free or in some cases even fossil-proof.' This shocking statement simply means that there is and always has been far more fleshing out of the course and cause of human evolution than can fully be justified by the scrappy skeleton provided by the fossils. As a result, he continues, 'our theories have often said far more about the theorists than they have about what actually happened.'"[2]

[1] "Current Argument on Early Man," in Major Trends in Evolution, edited by Lars-Konig Konigson, published by Pergamon Press, 1980, pp. 262, 267
[2] Roger Lewin (noted science journalist), Bones of Contention (New York, NY: A Touchstone Book published by Simon & Schuster Inc., 1987), p. 43

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