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what is our common ancestor is there hard evidence or is that something we just have to take on faith because there is nothing archeological

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We Homo sapiens are a member of the family of Great Apes, so I guess you could say we share the most traits in common with the other surviving species of apes as opposed to other species in the animal kingdom. However, our closest non-Homo sapien relatives are extinct.

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Which common ancestor do you speak of? Yes, the fossil record is quite accurate.

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I always hear that humans and apes had a common ancestor and don't know what that means what is it what does it look like where are the fossil records
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Start with Mary Leaky and Lucy. That is probably the most famous.
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And don't forget that humans ARE apes. We are one of the five "Great Apes", along with orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos.
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Why are questions like these not in the general science category, seriously? Evolution has nothing to do with religion, spirituality, or philosophy. It's a science thing.

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Adam.

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Why do all the Christians keep forgetting about Noah? According to scripture he also is our common ancestor. All of Adams decedents died except for Noah and his wife.
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Yes, but Noah was a descendant of Adam. The genealogy is in Genesis 5.
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But the misnomer is that Noah is the father of the current human race, according to the bible, the different racial differences did not come from Adam, they would have come through Noah. Therefore Noah would be the father of modern humans, not Adam. Any racial differences that existed, through Adam, prior to the flood would have died out at the flood.
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Except neither of those people actually existed.
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Since God obviously desired humanity to be diverse in appearance, it makes sense that God would have given Adam and Eve the ability to produce children of different skin tones. Later, the only survivors of the flood were Noah and his wife, Noah's three sons and their wives-eight people in all (Genesis 7:13).
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true strawberry, but nowhere in the bible does it say that god WANTED humanity to be diverse in appearance.
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Look at anything in this world and tell me that God doesn't like diversity. He has planned it in everything there is. Birds, animals, insects, flowers, fish, plants, stars, planets and people too. God is a creative God and likes to create.
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Okay, fine, your god doesn't like diversity.
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lol
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Common between what and what? "Common ancestor" indicates the last ancestor shared between two species.
Did you mean most recent human ancestor?

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Oh no.. Not the ape man again
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Just because you flunked biology doesn't mean all of us did, dear.
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wow you are so cool and so informed I think it amusing how you get so superior and degrade those who don't jump on your boat . people who feel the need to try and belittle people to (win) a debate are small minded self centered know it all I wonder how any one you know can put up with you
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I'm a biologist. The rampant ignorance of the religious towards science holds back our country and society as a whole.

There is no excuse for willful ignorance.
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I also noticed you made no remark about kunz's uninformed statement on my answer, came on my answer just to insult me.

Hypocrite, much?
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We were created by God. You're right when you question evidence of a common ancestor. Many people tend to think of evolution as a fact, but the truth of the matter is, there is no solid evidence that supports that. Hence why it's called a theory. However at Psalm 19:1 it says, "The heavens are declaring the glory of God; and of the work of his hands the expanse is telling." If you look at how complex we are made, the DNA and RNA structure, the various forms of life, it's too complex to have come about by happenstance. We were wonderfully created. I hope this helps answer your question.

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Very good reply
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Can you provide any testable evidence for this theory of yours?
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No solid evidence to support evolution. Cuz hundreds of thousands of peer-reviewed journals amount to squat. But one ancient book? Translated again and again, with whatever King or Ruler requiring it to fit their selfish views? THAT sh*t's SOLID!!
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This confusion about the word "theory" comes from people not grounded in science trying to make scientific assessments. It's like some English-speaker having a rudimentary knowledge of Spanish and attempting to translate Don Quixote into English. The word "theory' in the context of science is "a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment." It is accepted as fact in the scientific community. On the other hand, the word "theory" in the context of the vernacular is similar to an opinion. The two types of theory are almost diametrically opposed.
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Yes CalTex, technically I should have asked for evidence of Taylors hypothesis, but I thought I'd be polite ;)
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@Caluvox: I know that you know the difference in the two types of theories, but I'm thinking TTaylor might not.
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That scientists refer to what they are darned sure is factual as a "theory" because they recognize that future research can technically uncover new details...it's such a humble way to go about it. You simply don't see any such modesty coming from the "I'm-100%-certain-and-correct-about-what-I-decided-God-is-telling-me..." crowd.
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absolutely does
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This is the most recent find on the subject of a common ancestor for the primate family.
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090519104643.htm
Otherwise if you mean first of the human family then research "Lucy"

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You just have to keep going back. You and your mailman share a common ancestor pretty recently. You and your dog share an ancestor quite a bit further back. You and the mosquito? You and the shrub growing outside your window? You and the virus that got you sick last winter? Far enough back, there is to be found a living creature that gave rise to your line, and its.

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