Luzonensis Foot Bone

New Philippino human species found, claim scientists in BBC News, Science (AAAS) News, ScienceDaily and Nature 11 April 2019 doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1067-9.

A team of scientists led by Armand Mijares of University of the Philippines, Quezon City explored a cave in the Philippine island of Luzon and found seven teeth, two finger bones, two toe bones, and a piece of a broken femur (thigh bone). They claim to have found a previously unknown human species, which they have named Homo luzonensis.

Five of the teeth are from the upper right jaw of one individual, but the other teeth and the bones were isolated individual specimens. Mijares’ team had previously found a metatarsal bone (foot bone) in the same cave.  The bones are well preserved and covered in calcium carbonate.  The research team suggest the bones and teeth are from three different individuals – two adults and a juvenile.  The teeth are very small and the finger and toe bones are curved, indicating they were from small bodied creatures who climbed trees.

Philip Piper of Australian National University, one of the research team explained: “The fossil remains included adult finger and toe bones, as well as teeth. We also recovered a child’s femur. There are some really interesting features – for example, the teeth are really small. The size of the teeth generally, though not always, reflect the overall body-size of a mammal, so we think Homo luzonensis was probably relatively small. Exactly how small we don’t know yet. We would need to find some skeletal elements from which we could measure body-size more precisely.”

He went on to say: “It’s quite incredible, the extremities, that is the hand and feet bones are remarkably Australopithecine-like. The Australopithecines last walked the earth in Africa about 2 million years ago and are considered to be the ancestors of the Homo group, which includes modern humans.” The new species is believed to have lived 50,000 to 80,000 years ago.

This is not the first claim for an ancient human ancestor to be found in this region of the world. According to Science “The discovery echoes that of another unusual ancient hominin—the diminutive H. floresiensis, or “hobbit,” found on the island of Flores in Indonesia.”  The hobbit also had some features similar to Australopithecines.

BBC, Science, ScienceDaily

Editorial Comment:  Let’s get honest guys!  There are plenty of small toothed, curved fingered, small bodied creatures with toes suited to climbing climb trees still living the world today – they are called apes and monkeys.

Yes, the researchers admit the specimens are not all from the one individual, but that means there is no proof these isolated specimens even came from the same species. Therefore, to build a whole new ‘human’ species on such fragmentary ‘apelike’ evidence is another case of shamefully brazen evolutionary wishful thinking.  Admit it – the evolutionists are determined to downgrade human beings to being just another animal, instead of what mankind really is – a unique creation made in the image of the Creator God, with no connection to any animal.

The suspected link to H. floresiensis (“ the hobbit”) is probably true, but this species was no more human than the newly found bones.  There have been enough original hobbit bones found to estimate brain size along with body size and proportions.  When all put together H. floriesiensis had an ape-sized brain, ape-sized body size and limb proportions. Philip Piper’s description of the new bones being remarkably Australopithecine-like also applies to the hobbit.  Australopithecines were apes – the name actually means “southern ape”.

Second confession needed: the only reason for the experts not putting the hobbit and the new bones into the Australopithecine category is that they don’t fit the evolutionary timetable and geographical story. Australopithecines are believed to have evolved in Africa and died out there millions of years ago, having given rise to “hominins” who turned into human beings, millions of years ago, also in Africa.  It is therefore hard to fit bones found in South East Asia supposedly millions of years later into this story, but it is not a problem if these creatures really were apes that left Noah’s Ark thousands of years ago and migrated to South East Asia where they eventually died out.

The fact that the bones are well preserved and covered in calcium carbonate is also evidence they are not all that old. Our research on stalactite formation and calcium carbonate deposition shows that an object placed under a source of calcium carbonate can be covered in matter of months.

For more information on “the hobbit” see the question: Was Homo floresiensis a human ancestor or a deformed human?  Answer here.

Photo of Homo luzonensis foot bone: Luzonensis, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International licence (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Evidence News vol. 19, No. 8
8 May 2019
Creation Research Australia

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