The fossil remains of what
have been viewed by evolutionists as "Adam's ancestors" have
long captivated the interest of anthropologists, paleontologists, and
others interested in man and his relationship to the rest of the animal
world. The present study analyzes the distribution of the hominid fossils
throughout the Old World. That distribution points out that the most
"primitive" types appear on the periphery, while the most
advanced forms appear closer to the center of the Old World, the Mesopotamian
In coordinating the fossil
record with Scripture, one is faced with the major question of the relationship
of the fossils to Adam. The author uses a creation-dispersion model,
showing the theoretical possibility of the fossils being descendants
of Adam. Peoples migrating out from a population center in small groups
would have become geographically and genetically isolated allowing for
considerable variation and genetic degradation. Later migrants would
push earlier migrants further to the periphery. The further the population
from the point of origin, the greater the morphological change.
For well over a century,
evolutionary theories and uniformitarian principles have taken precedence
over creation and catastrophism. Recently there has been a growing trend
to further research and a gradual swing back to creation and catastrophism.
The present paper takes an historical approach to the fossil record
showing that people migrating from a common origin, encountering pre-flood
conditions and finally subjected to the Biblical flood could bring about
the fossil record we observe today. Therefore, fossil men could well
be "Adam's descendants."
This short paper is an attempt
to show by diagram and written exposition that the theory of evolution
lies in a zone of human understanding that is, at best, conjectural.
Since the Bible account of creation consists rather of a witness or
record of actual events, it should be regarded as superior to any human
theories regarding origins.