One newspaper report has said, "Because of him (Leakey's Skull 1470) every single book on anthropology, every article on the evolution of man, every drawing of man's family tree will have to be junked. Leakey acquired world-wide fame through a series of allegedly sensational finds at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, about 500 miles south of Lake Rudolph. Leakey's principal find was a skull of a purported "ape-man", which he called Zinjanthropus, or "East Africa Man". If Richard Leakey's evaluation of his latest find, Skull 1470, is accepted, he will have succeeded not only in shattering completely his father's theories on man’s origins, in which the australopithecines were given a central role, but everyone else's, as well. Leakey claimed that he had found two species of his "Zinjanthropus", a less evolved and more primitive form, later designated No evolution from primitive to advanced was involved at all.They are apparently wrong." The article in was headlined "Leakey's new skull changes our pedigree…." Richard Leakey is the son of Dr. Through a combination of hasty judgment, exaggerated claims, and wide publicity through the , other journals, and the news media, most people, including just about all evolutionists, were convinced that Dr. On the basis of extremely fragmentary evidence (and of strongly preconceived ideas), the consensus of evolutionists has been that the australopithecines walked habitually upright, one of the characteristics predicted for a transitional form between man's supposed ape-like ancestor and man.Leakey modestly noted that the new discovery merely filled a gap in the fossil record, as, indeed, almost any new fossil must.This might seem only a difference of style, but perhaps it marks the maturing of a science long on dramatic assertions and short on sure knowledge.Their goal: to establish the age of the tools by dating the surrounding sediments.Past flooding in the area had left behind layers of silt and clay that hardened into mudstone, preserving the direction of Earth’s magnetic field at the time in the stone’s magnetite grains.Leakey had indeed found the remains of a very unique creature, one that was in man's direct line of descent about two million years ago. Leakey's finds by experts in the field finally revealed that Dr. Leakey thus had become famous for "discovering" something that had been discovered many years earlier! Evidence produced by Richard Leakey in the past two or three years has now established strong support for the fact that the australopithecines did not walk upright, but were long-armed, short-legged knucklewalkers, similar to the extant African apes.Leakey's "Zinjanthropus" was nothing more than a variety of Australopithecus (as Dr. Although some authorities, such as Montagu had long maintained that the australopithecines were outside of the line of man's ancestry, the consensus of evolutionists was that the australopithecines had been habitually bipedal man-like apes in the direct line leading to man. Leakey's latest find may now have delivered the final shattering blow to the australopithecines as candidates for man's ancestor; in fact, if accepted, it will destroy all presently held theories on man's evolutionary ancestry.
The study, published this week in Nature, raises new questions about where these tall and slender early humans originated and how they developed sophisticated tool-making technology.It is too early to assess with any degree of confidence the true import of recent finds by Richard Leakey near the east shore of Lake Rudolf in Kenya. During the past few years, his research has lent powerful support to those who claimed that the australopithecines had nothing to do with the origin of man.Nevertheless, the impact on evolutionary theories related to the origin of man is potentially so explosive, these reports merit, even at this early date, a tentative evaluation. Nevertheless, he spent many years working and studying with his father, and he has assembled a team that does include Ph. We have already given our evaluation of the evidence related to these creatures, evidence which we believe shows conclusively that they were apes—period.in Dmanisi, Georgia was still using simple chopping tools while in West Turkana, Kenya, according to the study, the population had developed hand axes, picks and other innovative tools that anthropologists call “Acheulian.” “The Acheulian tools represent a great technological leap,” said study co-author Dennis Kent, a geologist with joint appointments at Rutgers University and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.“Why didn’t Homo erectus take these tools with them to Asia?