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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Did Human Primates Evolve From Apes?
Phase One
Unity Consciousness #1055


Before There Were Humans, There Were Primates

The physical development of everything in the Universe follows a process of a series of small steps and phases, not humongous giant steps from Creator to human or from beginning to end or from one noticeable change to the next noticeable change.
Based on this logic, we understand humans absolutely must have and had to evolve from something. Something that was already completely formed and then changed via process. It is unlikely humans were formed out of the initial cauldron of elements as a new species without being built, borrowed or evolved from some other specie. In other words, there was no all at once magic wand creation of humans via a big bang or via one word spoken by a Supreme Being. If we still religiously unjudiciously believe it was so, then why was it that way for humans, when all else seems to come together and go apart via a multitude of processes? Why did you, Misses or Mister human, go through the evolutionary process in your mother's womb? Why didn't you just go from egg and sperm, presto-changeo, to being fully formed?

Based On Belief – No Way Of Knowing

Per Ancestor Cheikh Anta Diop: “At the beginning of the 20th century, the prevailing thought on human origin was that Whites came from chimpanzees, Blacks from gorillas and Yellows from orangutans. The purpose was to find a difference in origin that would justify racial superiority.” (Diop, Civilization or Barbarism, 37/52)

Per PBS as of 7/6/17, “Humans did not evolve from monkeys. Humans are more closely related to modern apes than to monkeys, but we didn't evolve from apes, either. Humans share a common ancestor with modern African apes, like gorillas and chimpanzees. Scientists believe this common ancestor existed 5 to 8 million years ago. Shortly thereafter, the species diverged into two separate lineages. One of these lineages ultimately evolved into gorillas and chimps, and the other evolved into early human ancestors called hominids.”

Per National Geographic as of 7/6/17:
Is evolution at odds with the [Judaeo-Christian] Bible?
Yes, if you think the Bible has to be interpreted literally. Evolution contradicts the Genesis story that God created all organisms in their present form. But you can believe in God without believing that the Bible is literally true.”

Based On Genetic Structure & Bone Structure - Two Ways Of Knowing

Per National Geographic as of 7/6/17:
“Why are scientists certain that human evolution happened?
For a number of reasons. We share nearly 99 percent of our genetic sequence with chimpanzees and bonobos, which strongly suggests we share a common ancestor. And there are thousands of fossils documenting progressively more human-like species in the evolution of our lineage after it split from the other great apes and later from chimps and bonobos.
Biologists have actually observed evolution happening in other species, both in the field and in the lab—the recent emergence of antibiotic-resistant microbes is a form of evolution. And animal breeders make evolution happen all the time—think of the tremendous variety of dog breeds that have been created from wolves.

Per the Smithsonian Institute as of 7/6/17, “Humans are primates. Physical and genetic similarities show that the modern human species, Homo sapiens, has a very close relationship to another group of primate species, the apes. Humans and the great apes (large apes) of Africa, chimpanzees (including bonobos, “pygmy chimpanzees”) and gorillas, share a common ancestor that lived between 8 and 6 million years ago. Humans first evolved in Africa, and much of human evolution occurred on that continent. The fossils of early humans who lived between 6 and 2 million years ago come entirely from Africa.”

Based On An Even More Optimal Approach Of Combining Multiple Ways Of Knowing & Allowing The Evidences To Speak Harmoniously, Thus With Clarity

Per University of California at Berkeley as of 7/6/17: “Although the evolution of hominid features is sometimes put in the framework of "apes vs. humans," the fact is that humans are apes, just as they are primates and mammals. A glance at the evogram shows why. The other apes — chimp, bonobo, gorilla, orangutan, gibbon — would not form a natural, monophyletic group (i.e., a group that includes all the descendants of a common ancestor) — if humans were excluded. Humans share many traits with other apes, and those other "apes" (i.e., non-human apes) don't have unique features that set them apart from humans. Humans have some features that are uniquely our own, but so do gorillas, chimps, and the rest. Hominid evolution should not be read as a march to human-ness (even if it often appears that way from narratives of human evolution). Students should be aware that there is not a dichotomy between humans and apes. Humans are a kind of ape.”

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