Tool Making Intelligence Gets Pushed Back

Bone Markings
Bone Markings

According to conventional evolutionary theory, three and half million years ago the ancestors of humanity were ape-like creatures still partly in the trees and just beginning to explore the life of an upright walker. But the latest findings indicate that the there were mental processes occurring at that time which were much more advanced than evolution had predicted – namely that someone was using tools to process game for food. As the article details:

“This discovery dramatically shifts the known timeframe of a game-changing behavior for our ancestors,” says Alemseged, Curator of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences. “Tool use fundamentally altered the way our early ancestors interacted with nature, allowing them to eat new types of food and exploit new territories. It also led to tool making — a critical step in our evolutionary path that eventually enabled such advanced technologies as airplanes, MRI machines, and iPhones.”

Although the butchered bones may not look like particularly noteworthy fossils to the lay person, Alemseged can hardly contain his excitement when he describes them. “This find will definitely force us to revise our text books on human evolution, since it pushes the evidence for tool use and meat eating in our family back by nearly a million years,” he explains. “These developments had a huge impact on the story of humanity.”

Not only were these creatures using tools that they had designed, but apparently they were employing complex planning and forethought:

“For the most part, the only stones we see coming from these ancient sediments at Dikika are pebbles too small for making tools,” says McPherron. “The hominins at this site probably carried their stone tools with them from better raw material sources elsewhere. One of our goals is to go back and see if we can find these locations, and look for evidence that at this early date they were actually making, not just using, stone tools.”

While such findings are not surprising to those who see human origins as being something more than the incidental modifications of other organisms, they are wholly unexpected from an evolutionary perspective. As I have chronicled previously, this is not the first time evolutionists have been surprised by evidence that our ancestors at that time were much more like modern humans than evolution predicts.

But that is not the only thing notable about this finding. The process used to make these determinations was one that verifies yet again the usefulness and perspicacity of employing design criterion – that is measurements and principles that help us recognize the actions of an intelligence agent. In this case, it was the markings in fractures on animal bones. Now no tools were found with the bones, and there was no expectation that tool using creatures were around at that time, so researchers were required to depend purely on the nature of the indicators found on the bone itself to conclude it was the result of a tool making intelligence.

The criteria indicated that, “”the marks were consistent with the morphology of stone-inflicted cuts rather than tooth-inflicted marks.” This statement is a tacit acknowledgement that design criteria can be applied to distinguish intelligent activity from that which is naturally occurring, and as much as it does so agrees with the fundamental principles of design theorists. Design criteria can then be understood to be both legitimate and useful.

Of course, many of us already knew that.

9 Responses to Tool Making Intelligence Gets Pushed Back

  1. Justin says:

    Nice find. Of course, the deep implications of the find won’t be touted by the finders.

  2. jackhudson says:

    They never are; though as such finds accumulate, I think the implications become more obvious.

  3. Bettawrekonize says:

    Get yourself unbanned from and post there.

  4. jaol1fe says:

    I think that forum is beyond help Bettawrekonize. They have banned all of the solid conservative Christians who can rationally and intelligently debate the issues in theology, evolution and politics. One of the administrators/mods actually compared the people who had objections to the Ground Zero mosque no better than KKK members.

    Liberals and atheists have taken over and are allowed to attack posters and the conservative positions while earning lots of stars. There is no real debate on these issues allowed anymore. The passive/aggressive administrator/mod makes sure of that. It’s sickening and pathetic.

  5. Bettawrekonize says:

    I dunno, but if what you’re saying is true (not sure I agree and I’m not saying I disagree) then surely we can find another forum. Or we can start our own forum. Google Create/start your own message board for instance. But there are plenty of other existing forums we can move to.

  6. jackhudson says:

    Betta, I would certainly be willing to post again at Crosswalk, but as I mentioned previously, I don’t even know what I was removed for. If you are up to it, feel free to initiate a dialogue with Fritz and find out.

  7. Bettawrekonize says:

    “If you are up to it, feel free to initiate a dialogue with Fritz and find out.”

    I actually tried doing that when you got banned. I tried PMing one of the Mod’s (maybe the one that banned you, I forget) who referred me to the owner or whoever is top in charge (I forget, I think it was Fritz) and I E – Mailed them and they E – mailed me back saying that you were warned before they banned you (which you weren’t) and that you continued to violate the TOS and got banned, basically a non answer.

    I suspect that whoever I E – Mailed wasn’t even aware that you got banned, wasn’t aware of where or why you got banned or how you got banned, probably didn’t even know that you or any of us on their forums exists, they seemed to just be giving some automated like response as if it came from someone who hardly even knows or cares that the forums exist because they have so much else to do that they can’t be bothered to even visit the forums yet alone handle any problems.

  8. jackhudson says:

    Yeah, that does seem to be a bit of the problem over there; when I check in I hardly even see mods in the S & O forums. They seem to be a bit of a free for all. I really appreciate your efforts on this!

  9. an anon says:

    once again, what you fail to understand, is the TIME FRAME of what we are talking about here…

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