Newly-Discovered Human Hand Bone Puzzles Scientists, Shows No Sign of Evolutionary Changes

Hand Bone 2KENYA – The recent discovery of a human hand bone in Africa has surprised evolutionary scientists, causing them to significantly revise their previous theories about early humans.

In a recent journal article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a research team announced the discovery of an ancient human hand bone in northern Kenya. Scientists have identified the bone as a third metacarpal, which is a bone found at the base of the middle finger.

Secular scientists assigned an age of 1.4 million years to the metacarpal, which means it is the oldest dated human bone ever discovered. According to the journal article, the discovery “provides evidence for the evolution of the modern human hand more than 600,000 years earlier than previously documented.”

The bone discovery also provides evidence of advanced physical skills and intelligence in early humans. Carol Ward, a University of Missouri professor whose team discovered the bone, said the metacarpal proves early humans’ dexterity.

“Being able to make such precise tools indicates that these early humans were almost certainly using their hands for many other complex tasks as well,” Ward stated.

“The styloid process reflects an increased dexterity that allowed early human species to use powerful yet precise grips when manipulating objects,” she added.

According to experts, the hand bone appears to be fully human and is nearly identical to modern metacarpals. In the original journal article, the researchers wrote, “In all ways, this bone resembles that of a modern human in overall proportions and morphology.”

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The striking resemblance between the supposedly 1.4-million-year-old hand bone and modern human hand bones is troubling to secular scientists, since it provides no evidence for the major anatomical changes predicted by evolutionary theory. Brian Thomas, Science Writer for the Institute for Creation Research, wrote in an article published Friday that this recently-discovered hand bone does not comport with the evolutionary time frame.

“Regardless of secularists’ disjointed dating differences,” Thomas wrote, “the most significant news from the latest hand-fossil find should be the simple fact that the oldest, widely recognized human hand bone shows no evolutionary change. This Kenyan fossil points to man originating … as man.”

As previously reported, the recent discovery of an ancient human skull in Asia similarly challenged evolutionary theory surrounding mankind. Although the skull was allegedly two million years old, its proportions were very similar to modern humans, thus defying the assumptions of secular scientists and compelling them to significantly adjust their time frame.

In an email interview with Christian News Network, Thomas said the routine adjustment of major elements in the narrative of human evolution is significant.

“When reconstructing a narrative of past events, we could attribute minor rearranging to the acquisition of better data—like new DNA evidence that proves a convict’s innocence,” Thomas stated. “But when major elements are rearranged routinely—and this occurs several times per year with human evolution—we should suspect that the entire narrative is not data-driven at all, but is instead endlessly moldable and thus entirely subjective.”

Instead of attempting to fit evidence within evolutionary theory, Thomas suggested the biblical timeline provides a better explanation for scientific discoveries. Based on the evidence, Thomas believes this particular hand bone specimen from Kenya most likely originated shortly after the Great Flood.

“Endless problems arise as secular researchers bicker over which fossil might represent which evolutionary stage,” Thomas concluded. “However, this bone does not force a rewrite of human history as revealed in Scripture. So far, most of the supposed human evolution fossils fit the biblical categories of ape or human forms, and this human hand bone is no exception.”

Photo: LiveScience

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  • Sir Tainly

    The picture….looks like a “photoshop” job, and not a well done one either…..jus sayin”.

    • enoh

      It’s photoshop no doubt tainly. That’s because it’s for the middle finger so that we can see where it belongs on the human hand…

  • Sir Tainly

    Huh, That looks to be about right enoh, thanks.

  • C,P. Steinmetz

    You have to wonder what color the sky is where these folk live?

    The humor starts with: “The striking resemblance between the supposedly 1.4-million-year-old hand bone and modern human hand bones is troubling to secular scientists, since it provides no evidence for the major anatomical changes predicted by evolutionary theory. (Emphasis mine) Three prevarications in one sentence. And the rest of the article gets worse. If you would rather not believe me, read this take from BBC News:

    But, the reason comes forth. The comments were written by “Brian Thomas, Science Writer for the Institute for Creation Research.” Is this an oxymoron or what? A “science writer” for an organization with zero science credibility. [Actually, negative science credibility.]

    Perhaps the most outrageous statement is that: “Based on the evidence, Thomas believes this particular hand bone specimen from Kenya most likely originated shortly after the Great Flood.” Right; actual scientists are incompetent to tell the difference between something 1.42 million years old and something six thousand years old. What is worse, is that the editors and reviewers of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences were incompetent also. But, what’s 237 times as long among friends? Would we be better off if the religionists at ICR were developing airplanes, atomic energy / weapons, mining, computers, medical advances, etc.?

  • oregon_man

    I see the pattern now, looking at this website’s stories on evolution. You deceive your readers with false witness, such as claiming “challenges evolution”, backed up by quack experts. You insert little nuggets of doubt in each of your unique stories. You should change the website’s name to Tactical Christian Propaganda to be more accurate. This type of behavior among Christians was a big part of me becoming agnostic over time.

  • I just had this “news item” brought to my attention. It has some very large errors both of fact, and interpretation. Mr. Garrett Haley has done a disservice to the readers of Christian News.

    First, the only revision that this discovery suggested was that the H. erectus species of our ancient ancestors began separating into new species (we call it evolving) earlier than we had known. There was not the least reason to revise “theory.”

    Second error, it was hardly the “oldest dated human bone ever discovered.” It was the oldest human metacarpal that showed evidence of well developed styloid process. This is a projecting bit of bone on the proximal (toward the wrist) part of the bone shaft. This is found in later humans, and associated with tool building. We have hand bones from much older examples. However, they do not show the same developed styloid process. The first stone tools that can be called Acheulian bifacial stone tools are known between 800,000 and 1.8 million years (Ma) old. So finding a bone 1.4 Ma that could make these tools is exactly what we would expect.

    All of this evidence, and more was in the actual scientific paper. The biggest error made by Mr. Haley was trusting the Institute for Creation Science to generate his news.

    • Clueless

      The Dr has spoken, stop the presses