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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sometimes my ability to find evolution believable hangs by a toenail ...

See this, for example

"Humans Walked On Modern Feet 1.5 Million Years Ago, Fossil Footprints Show"

ScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 2009) — Ancient footprints found at Rutgers' Koobi Fora Field School show that some of the earliest humans walked like us and did so on anatomically modern feet 1.5 million years ago.

The footprints were discovered in two 1.5 million-year-old sedimentary layers near Ileret in northern Kenya. These rarest of impressions yielded information about soft tissue form and structure not normally accessible in fossilized bones. The Ileret footprints constitute the oldest evidence of an essentially modern human-like foot anatomy.
From the New York Times story by John Noble Wilford, (February 26, 2009)
The footprints discovered in Kenya, researchers said, indicated that the erectus foot functioned much as a human foot does: the heel contacts the ground first; weight transfers along the arch to the ball of the foot; and the push-off is applied by the forefoot. In apes and apparently earlier hominids, this force comes from the midfoot.

The discovery is “even more explicit evidence,” Dr. Harris said, that the erectus species extended its range into more diversified habitats, camping and discarding stone tools at sites far from the sources of the stone.



Evolution with design, maybe. (I like the idea, anyway.) Without design, for sure not.

Find out why there is an intelligent design controversy:

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