While varying models of the primate family tree exist, there is a pretty firm consensus now that human beings are genetically most closely related to chimpanzees, then to gorillas, then to other primates (Poirier and Mc Kee 50).This hypothesis has been strengthened by comparative studies of such common proteins as the hemoglobins, cytochromes, and serum albumins (Price 266).Especially, God created a first couple, Adam and Eve, superior to all other forms of life in that they bear the divine "image and likeness." So, human evolution raises serious issues of faith for many Christians about the historicity of Adam and the claim that humans bear the image of God.
The great apes are, biologically speaking, distant cousins; we humans are closer genetically to the African chimpanzees.
Nevertheless, these distinctions do little to allay the visceral feelings evoked by the thought of human descent from primates.
For example, the cytochrome-c molecule in humans and chimpanzees "contains the same 104 amino acids in exactly the same sequence" (Ayala 35).
Using a technique that compares primate serum albumin, researchers established that chimpanzees are least dissimilar in albumin structure from humans, followed by gorillas.
They are also available to institutions in ten separate subject-area packages that reflect the entire spectrum of the Press’s catalog.
More about the E-ditions Program »The large number of significant fossil finds that occurred after 1930 provided anthropologists with new perspectives on human history.
In a similar way the sight of trained chimpanzees performing silly tricks at their handler's behest may evoke an amused contempt.
Surely we humans, who are made in the image of God, cannot be the descendents of, or related to, these dirty, disgusting, and fearsome creatures.
William Howells, selecting 28 recent papers by most of the authorities in the field of human evolution, focuses on a period of rapid, major development, including episodes like the Piltdown fraud and discoveries like Australopithecus, Proconsul, and Oreopithecus.
These papers deal with basic aspects of evolution and discuss such subjects as man’s pre-human ancestors, early fossil men, and the emergence of modern man (Homo sapiens) along with his relation to Neanderthal Man—a sequence ranging over the full scope of human development.