Science: Old Men

In 1859, when Charles Darwin, armed with a mass of scientific facts, suggested that man had an ape ancestor, enthusiastic converts to his theory of evolution immediately pictured a great-grandfather-&-son development of gorilla or chimpanzee into Homo sapiens. Subsequent unearthing of scattered thighbones, skullcaps, jaws and teeth led to many diverging theories of the ape's transition, showed that evolution is as unstraightforward as the relationship of second cousins once removed, that it moves in zigzags, circles, spirals.

Regardless of theories, however, all contemporary anthropologists agreed that early man differs from anthropoid apes...

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