Splainin' Lucy! – Part 2

"My, What Beautiful Eyes You Have!"

In the first installment of this series we set the stage to deal with some very specific claims about the most famous of all the supposed evolutionary ancestors, "Lucy." In this article we'll apply the simple principal of asking, "Where's the beef?" to the "evidence" found in the reconstruction.

First, take a look at the picture of Lucy below and observe it critically. Keep in mind, you won't become famous in the world of paleontology by finding human or monkey bones. It's finding the bones of "apelike" ancestors that gets the attention of both the media and the scientific community. In order to be considered bones of apelike ancestors there must be features of both humans and apes.

Lucy Reconstruction Chimp

Sure enough, Lucy fits that requirement. Just look at the reconstruction of her face!

Take a look at Lucy's eyes. The iris and the sclera (the white of the eye) look human! This would lead you to believe that Lucy was an apelike, human ancestor because of the human and apelike characteristics.

Notice Lucy's brow ridges as well. It's not nearly as pronounced as a normal chimpanzee. That would lead you to believe that Lucy was an apelike ancestor, because it is much less prominent than an ape's.

[Read the rest of the article at Reasons for Hope.]