Join me as I journey to the Natural History Museum in a quest like no other! On Monday January 28th (my birthday for future reference), my wife Lorna and I travelled to South Kensington to visit the famous Natural History Museum. Come with us and find out why we were there!
I was very excited, so we quickly left the cafe in the Darwin section of the museum and headed to the Our Place in Evolution display just up the stairs from the main floor of the museum and the Darwin marble statue.
The next part of the story was perhaps the most dramatic. I was immediately confused by the glass cases, full of various skulls and jawbones, that awaited me upon traversing the staircase. In haste, I grabbed a small female attendant. Whipping out my copy of ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ from the rucksack in which it resided, I said to her, “Excuse me, I’m reading this book by Richard Dawkins and I was wondering if you could direct me to the following evidences for human evolution.” She was at first confused and seemed terrified as though by some madness. After a few moments, she regained her composure and lead me to some exhibits. Fortunately, by this time my wife had regained her composure also and whipped out the video recording device. If you turn up the sound on your computer, you can hear me cross-examining the attending for accurate information concerning these fossils. Not to be mean to her, but it seemed like she didn’t know her australopithecus from her homo habilis!
My immediate reaction was one of confusion and sadness.
So, here are some pictures of the exhibits I saw that are evidences for human evolution. This first picture is of ‘Lucy’, who is a very important australopithecus afarensis specimen. I got chatting to a nice Australian man who said to me, “If it wasn’t for Lucy and her light, we wouldn’t be here now.” I couldn’t tell whether he meant ‘here’ as in the human race wouldn’t exist or ‘here’ as in the museum. But I didn’t ask him because I didn’t want him to think I was being facetious.
I thought that this was the real ‘Lucy’ specimen while I was in the museum, however, by researching on the internet I found out that this is actually a cast and that the real specimen is in a museum in Ethiopia, near where it was found.
Lucy was a little person and has been nicknamed ‘The Hobbit’. In his writings, Richard Dawkins tells us he doesn’t like this name because the DNA of the human race will not be propagated by having fun naming things.
The next few pictures are those I took of the intermediate skull specimens. We start with the australopithecines and from there we see the habilines, moving on we then see the neanderthals and then the homo erectus people. These skulls are supposedly proof of human evolution. Take some time to click on each one and have a look in more detail!
And thank you to you my readers for coming on this journey with me. What do readers think about this evidence for human evolution? Is this convincing evidence that we have non-human ancestors? If so, why? If not, why not? Let’s a have a discussion!