It is a popular perception that the fossil record provides indisputable evidence of the course of Darwinian evolution.
However, what is less well known is that Darwin himself was troubled by the incomplete nature of the fossil record. He hoped that as more fossils were discovered over time, the record would appear more convincing. That has not proved to be the case.
Casey Luskin, a geologist and attorney, is Associate Director of the Centre for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, USA.
In a recent presentation for the Centre for Intelligent Design, he explored the standard evolutionary view of human origins. This holds that our species, Homo sapiens, evolved from ape-like species through apparently unguided evolutionary processes like natural selection and random mutation.
However, he showed that this is not supported by the fossil evidence. He also demonstrated that, in general, hominid fossils fall into one of two groups: ape-like species and human-like species, with a large and unbridged gap between them.
Despite the claims of evolutionary paleoanthropologists and media hype surrounding many hominid fossils, the fragmented hominid fossil record does not document the evolution of humans from ape-like precursors. This strand of the fossil record largely remains a story of small fragments and large gaps!
Casey’s webinar should be available online later this year, but he has also treated the topic more fully in Chapter 14 of Theistic Evolution – A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique. A feature-length review of this book by Paul Garner is available on the Evangelical Times website.