On Real Time with Bill Maher, Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA) apparently wants to see some kind of manfishnewt before he will accept evolution (For Southpark fans, that would be half-man, half-fish, and half-newt). Which, if ever found, would utterly destroy our understanding of human evolution along with a giant chunk of vertebrate biology. But I digress, and we can -- loosely and liberally -- credit Kingston for grasping blindly toward a transitional tetrapod. So presumably, as long as it's not Acanthostega, Ichthyostega, Hynerpeton or any of the dozens of fossils found at the exact geologic time and coincidentally with the exact suite of traits which bridge the transition from early fish to the first amphibians, Kingston will be convinced. Let's watch:
Kingston also demands a missing link. By which we can again loosely infer he means fossils demonstrating a mix of early and more modern hominid traits. As long as it's not A. ramidus, A. afarensis, H. ergaster, or any of the dozens of fossils on exhibit in museums all over the world, all showing the exact set of anatomical traits and found in the precise place in the fossil record demonstrating a clear progression toward anatomically modern humans over almost ten million years. Thus Kingston struggles to convey the well oiled illusion of reason while pandering to willful ignorance.
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