Harun Yahya

The Collapse of the Family Tree

The scenario of "man's family tree" is refuted by fossil evidence. It is understood today that species which are presented as ancestors of one another are actually different races that lived at the same period.


Although he is an evolutionist himself, Harvard University Palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould admits that the scenario of the "human's family tree" has collapsed.

The scenario of "human evolution" is a totally fiction. In order for such a family tree to exist, a gradual evolution from ape to man should have taken place and the fossil record of this process should have been found. However, there is a huge gap between apes and humans. Skeletal structures, cranial capacities, and other such criteria as walking upright or bent sharply forward are what distinguish humans from apes.

Another significant finding proving that there can be no family tree among these different species is that the species that are presented as ancestors of each other in fact lived concurrently. If, as the evolutionists claim, australopithecines converted to Homo habilis and if they, in turn, converted to Homo erectus, the eras they lived in should necessarily have followed each other. However, there is no such chronological order.

The evolutionist paleontologist Alan Walker confirms this fact by stating that "there is evidence from East Africa for late-surviving small Australopithecus individuals that were contemporaneous first with H. Habilis, then with H. erectus."56 Louis Leakey has found fossils of Australopithecus, Homo habilis and Homo erectus almost next to each other in Olduvai Gorge region, Bed II layer.57

A paleontologist from Harvard University, Stephen Jay Gould, explains this deadlock of evolution although he is an evolutionist himself:

"What has become of our ladder if there are three coexisting lineages of hominids (A. africanus, the robust australopithecines, and H. habilis), none clearly derived from another? Moreover, none of the three display any evolutionary trends during their tenure on earth."58

When we move on from Homo erectus to Homo sapiens, we again see that there is no family tree to talk about. There is evidence showing that Homo erectus and archaic Homo sapiens continued living up to 27,000 years and even 10,000 years before our time. In the Kow swamp in Australia, some 13,000-year-old Homo erectus skulls have been found. On Java Island, a Homo erectus skull was found that was 27,000 years old.59


The schemes of "the family tree of man", products of the wide imaginative power of evolutionists, are disproved by the fossil record.

These finds indicate that the creatures presented as the "ancestors of man" by the theory of evolution are either extinct species that have nothing to do with one another or lost human races.

Left: The so-called "evolutionary tree" made by evolutionist biologist Ernst Haeckel at the close of the 19th century.

Right: The family tree concept that stretches from the primates to apes, and then over to man, exists only in the dreams of evolutionists.


58) Alan Walker, Science, Band 207, 1980, S. 1103.

59)A. J. Kelso, Physical Antropology, 1st ed., New York: J. B. Lipincott Co., 1970, S. 221; M. D. Leakey, Olduvai Gorge, Band 3, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971, S. 272.

60) S. J. Gould, Natural History, Band 85, 1976, S. 30

61) Time, November 1996


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