Is the Ledi Jaw the Missing Link in Human Evolution?

Did God say, "Let us evolve man into our own image..."? The Ledi jaw puts the human stamp on the evolutionary map much earlier than any other fossil. At least that's what evolutionists are saying. Touted as the transitional form they need to span a pesky gap, the Ledi jaw has been classified as a species of Homo, the genus to which we belong. Paleontologists reporting in Science describe a number of human features that distinguish it from australopithecine apes. They believe this as-yet-unidentified human species fits somewhere in our evolutionary lineage but much earlier than any other Homo fossil.

The fossil, catalogued as LD 350-1, consists of the bottom portion of a left lower jawbone and five teeth. It was found in 2013 by Chalachew Seyoum, a student working with paleontologists William Kimbel and Brian Villmoare. They were working in the Ledi-Geraru region of Ethiopia’s Afar Triangle, about 12 miles from where the original Lucy — Australopithecus afarensis — was discovered.

The Lucy Connection

An extinct knuckle-walking ape, "Lucy" is generally depicted strolling about East Africa 3 million years ago on her two supposedly arched feet with tiny teeth smiling from her gorilla-like face and tiny brain. That image has created an imaginary place for Australopithecus afarensis in the human lineage. Homo fossils have also been found in East Africa. But until now there has been a big gap between the presumed appearance of Homo at around 2 million years and the latest evolutionary appearance of afarensis at around 3 million years. When, evolutionists have wondered, during this million-year gap did humanity's ape-like ancestors develop whatever it is that makes them human enough to be called Homo? Villmoare says his team is arguing that the Ledi jaw links Lucy to the earliest humans, tracing "the most important transitions in human evolution."

[Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.]