By David Rives
Yale University was established in 1701 to train Christian ministers. Today, its department of religious studies offers a wide array of courses that cover the major religions of the world. By the 1920s the teaching of evolution was the focus of the famous Yale Peabody Museum—recognized as the first natural history museum to depict human origins in terms of organic evolution.
Its director, Richard Swann Lull invited the public to explore what has been described as the “overt depiction of human evolution” by way of exhibits designed to attract the interest of children.
Let’s take a look at some of the theories found in the book Organic Evolution, written by professor Lull, and published in 1929. Professor Lull believed that man was just one more kind of animal—a primate, the title indicating headship of the animal kingdom. He believed that apes, in his own words, are our next of kin and that the reason we are not hairy all over is because we started wearing clothes.
In his book, Dr. Lull presented the skeletal remains of a supposed ape-like human known as Piltdown man, as evidence for evolution. It was later determined by respected paleontologists that Piltdown man was nothing more than a human cranium, matched up with an orangutan jaw, with the teeth filed down to look like those of humans—a total fraud.
Over 40 years passed from the discovery of this supposed “missing link” to its exposure as a hoax.
Perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at some of the other evolutionary “evidence”.
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