- Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds
- Sen. Tom Coburn vows to slow down budget-busting bills ahead of recess
- Obama fantasizes about more executive power, signs new order on federal contractors
- Clintons call Klein, Halper, Kessler ‘a Hat Trick of despicable actors’: report
- Boehner accuses Obama of ‘legacy of lawlessness’
- Pro-marijuana group claims responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge flag swap
- Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey
- Stabbing attack on transgender girl, 15, was ‘bias motivated,’ police say
- LGBT adults still lean overwhelmingly toward Democratic Party
- Lawmakers rattled by Syria genocide horrors, call on Obama to act
Evolutionists say human face came from 415 million-year-old fish
Question of the Day
In the latest of evolution theories, Swedish and French researchers say they’ve tracked the formation of the human face to the development and progression of a certain type of fish that swam the earth’s seas about 415 million years ago.
Their report, made public in the journal Nature, relies on the idea that the first creatures were formed hundreds of millions of years ago, and that they did not have a backbone. Researchers recently unearthed fossils for a small fish called the Romundina that they say swam the oceans 415 million years ago, and that this species is key to revealing the formation of the development of the face, Reuters reported.
The team of researchers, working at the European Synchrotron in France, scanned the structures of this fish skull and digitally created the anatomy in three distinct dimensions, Reuters said. They found that the fish had a mix of primitive and modern, with an armored body, a flexible back end with a shark-like tail and a curious “upper lip,” they said.
Vertebrate evolution researcher Per Ahlberg said the Romundina was about 8 inches in length, with a small spine and a jaw with crushing plates, rather than traditional teeth.
He and his team of researchers said they started with the partial jaw of the Romundina and tracked its evolution in three major steps — from a single nostril to separate left and right nostrils to the formation of the nose and its location between the eyes, to the shrinking of the “upper lip” and the lengthening of face — to humans.
“When you look at Romundina, it’s like looking at yourself in the mirror, but with a 415 million-year-old image,” said Vincent Dupret of Uppsala, another of the researchers, in the Reuters report. “It’s like in a science-fiction movie. You look at the mirror, but it’s not you. It’s your ancestor.”
The findings are in conflict with the biblically-based creationist view of life, which says humans were formed by God and — some believe — that the earth is actually only a few thousand years old.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
- SWAT spends seven hours in standoff with empty home
- 'No American is proud' of certain CIA tactics: State Department
- Spain evacuates staff from embassy in Libya
- Sarah Palin's online channel hits snag as Stephen Colbert buys similar URL
- Planned Parenthood strikes 'pro-choice' label in favor of 'women's health'
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
Both parties recognize the Democrats' scam
- Inside the Ring: Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Obama military strategy too weak for future security, panel reports
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- EDITORIAL: For too many gays, 'tolerance' is a one-way street
- PRUDEN: Cooling the manufactured impeachment panic
- HUSAIN: Fleeing Iraqi Christians find safe haven at the Shrine of Imam Ali
- Feds accept boredom, lack of work as excuses for surfing porn on clock
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world