Al-Jazeera, which is considered by many to be the most professional Arabic news organization–the so-called “CNN of the Arab world” – has reported the story of the discovery of the oldest "human" skeleton by saying that it refutes Darwin's theory of evolution. I translated the report below from Arabic word by word with a screen shot of the original Arabic story beneath it.
It proves how agenda and ideologically-driven Al-Jazeera is and how they are willing to forgo journalistic professionalism to further their agenda.
Know your facts, Al-Jazeera, before you report them. Darwin never said mankind descended from chimpanzees. He said we both descended from a common ape-like ancestor.
Make sure your science editors have some scientific background. Where did you get the idea that this story disproves evolution?
Also, who is Zaghloul El-Naggar and what are his qualifications to comment on this story? Did you not find any specialists on the topic to interview?
Translation of Al-Jazeera Story:
Ardi Refutes Darwin's Theory
American scientists have presented evidence that Darwin's theory of evolution was wrong. An international team of researchers specialized in the origin of the human race in "Ken" State University (It's actually Kent State but they spelled it wrong) and the University of California (-Berkeley, but they did not add it) have unveiled the oldest known evidence of humans on earth, which is an Ethiopian human skeleton dating back about 4.4 million years, which was named "Ardi."
The team announced Thursday that Ardi's discovery proves that humans did not evolve from ancestors that resemble chimpanzees, which refutes the longstanding assumption that humans evolved from monkeys.
The researchers wrote in the journal Science that Ardi is one of mankind's ancestors and that the lineages that descended from her were not chimpanzees or any other type of monkey currently known.
The scientists say that Ardi could be the oldest of known human ancestors, because she is a million years older than "Lucy," who was considered one of the most important known origins of man.
A Blow to Darwin's Theory
Dr. Zaghloul El-Naggar, who is a professor of geology in several Arab universities, (didn't bother to mention where) commented by saying that Westerners are beginning to come to their senses after they used to deal with the origins of man from a materialistic perspective and by denying religions.
He said in a phone interview with Al-Jazeera that this scientific discovery, which delivers a big blow to Darwin's theory, is a very important development.
El-Naggar said that the researchers' estimation of four million years is an exaggeration. He predicts that man's age on earth is no more than about 400,000 years.
On the other hand, C. Owen Lovejoy, who is an American scientist at Kent State University, specializing in the origin of Man, said that he conducted a study on the primitive human that is known as Ardipithecus ramidus, which lived 4.4 million years ago in Ethiopia.
He added in a study that will be published today in the journal Science that "people often believe that humans evolved from monkeys, but that is not correct; in fact monkeys evolved from us."
He added that "the idea that humans are an advanced version of chimpanzees was widespread, but studying the primitive human contributed to our conviction that it is impossible for humans to evolve from chimpanzees or gorillas."
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