Java Man: A Rejected Missing Link

Charles Darwin proposed his conjectures about evolution by his version of natural selection, but admitted the fossil evidence was extremely poor. The first discovery of what would later be called Neanderthal Man happened before, in 1829, but the discoverer wrote it off as just another human skull.

Later, evolutionist covfefe would use insufficient evidence to prop it up as a transitional form between apelike critters and humans. (Neanderthal Man is accepted as fully human today.) Another supposed missing link was Pithecanthropus erectus, more commonly known as Java Man.

Darwin had faith that missing links would be found. Java Man was disputed all along, but evolutionists propped it up as a link despite poor evidence.
Pithecanthropus erectus parts, WikiComm / Peter Maas (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Eugène Dubois is credited with the discovery, and the history is quite interesting. He was raised Roman Catholic, but his schooling destroyed his weak religion. This was accelerated by evolutionary teachings, which is something that happens to students today with a vengeance.

Since Darwin needed evidence, he saddled up and rode down Java way to get him some. (That is not a great place to look for fossils and such; a dry environment is friendlier for such activities.) He obtained part of a skull cap, diseased thigh bone, and some teeth. Yee haw boy howdy, a missing link! Some of these owlhoots reckoned that their reconstructions were sufficient for evolutionary proof to use in the Scopes Trial. Remember Nebraska Man? Scientists were so brilliant, they built up him, his wife, the landscape and more — all from a single tooth. Are you as impressed as I am? Don't be. That tooth turned out to belong to an extinct pig.

Remember, there should be a great number of conclusive transitional forms and a prairie schooner-full of bones and such. Not happening, old son. The evidence continues to support recent creation, not evolution.

Some evolutionists at the time were not as enthusiastic, and even had serious doubts. The femur, paucity of evidence, how they were scattered over a wide area are arguments against its validity. After all, why appear to be conclusive about evidence for evolution when it is disputed by many? (Unwarranted proclamations happen today in the secular science industry, scientist not having learned from frequent embarrassments in their rushes to fame and fortune.) Even so, modern evolutionists are pretty much in agreement that Java Man was never anything significant, and that diseased femur has been the subject of debate through today.

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It is interesting that Dubois himself had some strange ideas about these findings, and later rejected his original belief that it was something to make Darwin smile. Instead, he thought it should be in a genus with the gibbon family. There is nothing conclusive about Java Man, and that helps explain why it was quietly dropped from the evolutionary evidence parade.

The history of the Java man so-called missing link was reviewed, focusing on the fossil record controversy. Details of the Java man fossils were discussed as well as the problem of creating a species from a few bone fragments. This history illustrates the difficulty inherent in attempts to create a fossil record for human evolution.

The article is long but extremely informative. Pour yourself a hot cup and head on over to "Java Man: A Creature Between Apes and Humans, an Extinct Ape, or a Primitive Man?"