Old monkeys floated to panama, according to reports in Science (AAAS) News, Nature New and ScienceDaily 20April 2016, and Nature doi:10.1038/nature17415, published online 20 April 2016. Palaeontologists from Florida have found seven fossilised monkey teeth in rocks excavated during the Panama Canal extension. The fossil monkey is a New World Monkey, like the capuchin and squirrel monkeys in Central and South America and has been named Panamacebus transitus.

The research team report the rocks are “from a precisely dated 20.9-Ma layer in the Las Cascadas Formation in the Panama Canal Basin, Panama”. This raised a question as to how the monkeys got there. New World Monkeys are so named because they are believed to have evolved in South America. However, according to continental drift theory, North and South America were completely separate continents 20 million years ago, with what is now Panama attached to the northern continent. To get to Panama 21 million years ago monkeys would have had to cross a 160 kilometre (100 mile) wide seaway. The research team suggests they floated on mats of vegetation.

New world monkeys are believed to be descended from primates in Africa, and according to Nature News, “Current theory suggests that primates crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to South America roughly 37–34 million years ago by rafting on vegetation”.

Nature News, Science, ScienceDaily

Editorial Comment: Many animals have been observed drifting on mats of vegetation way out to sea, so whenever you hear sceptics scoffing at the idea of animals dispersing over the earth after leaving Noah’s Ark, remember this study. If they can believe monkeys could cross oceans on rafts of vegetation in order to evolve, it is more realistic to believe they drifted to other land masses in order to survive, if they found a suitable environment, without any evolution being involved at all. The fact that these monkey teeth were identified as New World Monkey teeth is good evidence that monkeys have always been monkeys and multiplied after their kinds, just as Genesis says. (Ref. primates, mammals, migration)

Evidence News vol.16. No. 9
18 May 2016
Creation Research Australia