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All human fossils would fit on a billiard table (Talk.Origins)

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This article (All human fossils would fit on a billiard table (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.


Claim CC030:

All known fossils of ancient humans would fit on a billiard table (or in a coffin).

Source:

  • Henry M., 1974. Scientific Creationism, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 202.
  • Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1985. Life--How Did It Get Here? Brooklyn, NY, 86.


CreationWiki response: (Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. That may have been true at one time, but there are thousands of hominid fossils now. Lubenow (1992) found that there were fossils from almost 4,000 hominid individuals catalogued as of 1976. As of 1999, there were fossils of about 150 Homo erectus individuals, 90 Australopithecus robustus, 150 Australopithecus afarensis, 500 Neanderthals, and more (Handprint 1999). Foley (2004) lists some of the more prominent fossils.

This is simply an out-of-date claim, and one based on the comments of evolutionists themselves. Note that Morris' book is more than 30 years old. It is no surprise that some of its material is out of date. Even the more recent source is over 20 years old, and it's not a particularly good one at that.

2. It takes only a handful of fossils to show that hominid forms have changed over time.

Only if you are not concerned with making certain that your samples are reasonably representative. If your conclusions are based on a few unusual individuals then it is meaningless. It would be even worse if the individuals were freaks that never reproduced.

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