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Theodore Holden

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An rigorous case can be made for the proposition that modern humans cannot be native to this planet.

Hominid eye sockets and nasal areas were much larger than those of modern humans. The huge eyes of hominids and dinosaurs and even a few leftover creatures like lemurs and tarsiers, were adaptations to a very dark sort of a world. In the case of dinosaurs, the large eyes pertained in carnivores and herbivores alike

Humans by way of contrast have the smallest relative eye size of advanced creatures.

If you want to believe that humans evolved from hominids on this planet, you need to believe that some hominid/human-wannabee:

Lost his fur coat while ice ages were going on.
Lost 99% of his sense of smell while trying to make it as a land prey animal
Lost almost all of his night vision at a time when night was the only time of day to be had.

You say that doesn't sound like a formula for success?

If, on the other hand, you prefer to believe that God created modern man fully formed on this world, then there is a question as to whether God would create a creature on a world for which the creature was spectacularly ill-adapted. There's nothing in the Bible about God being stupid....

There actually is a reasonable thesis to be had for human origins, but it does not involve this planet.

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  • Sep 9 2013: Ice Ages go back a couple hundred thousand years, human evolution and the loss of our fur coats has been happening over a period of 5 million years.

    There wasn't strong selection pressure to keep a powerful sense of smell, so it slowly began to fall into dysfunction, it isn't mysterious or unusual. The same things happen to other species.

    We never had night vision, unless you were under the impression that our closest relatives according to a Earth-native theory of human origins was cats or snakes.

    The reason we could afford to lose what we did lose was because we made up for it in enhanced vision and intelligence.

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