Chimps, Orangutans and Gorillas Evolved from a Common Ancestor on Noah’s Ark

Monkey business on Noah’s Ark

Ken Ham regards the great apes (excluding humans) as evolving after the flood

Hilarious

Naturalis Historia

When the Creation Museum in Kentucky opens back up on June 8 they will have a new exhibit on great ape origins.  There you will be able to learn how all gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and all species of fossil apes including australopiths share a common ancestor no more than 4500 years ago.

Ken Ham has been promoting the new exhibit the past couple of days including recording interviews with the creators of the exhibit.  I was not surprised—though I expect that many visitors to the Creation Museum may be—by the radical nature of their proposed rapid evolution of all apes (except humans) from a pair of common ancestors. This is another example of their willingness to accept aspects of evolutionary biology usually called macroevolution.   We have discussed their hyperevolutionary hypotheses many times including our recently published peer-reviewed paper, Dissent with modification: how postcreationism’s claim of hyperrapid speciation opposes yet embraces…

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  1. Paul Braterman

    How would one begin a conversation with someone who takes this exhibit seriously? I am drawn towards your suggestion that the best way would be to appeal to a sense of time; the Both the length of time evident in the geological record, and the absurdly short time into which Ham would have us cram such a huge amount of diversification.

    I was going to comment further that all this shows how rapidly Young Earth creationism changes, but I find that the idea, and even the fake Hebrew term *baramin*, dates back to 1941, 20 years before Whitcomb and Morris opened the Genesis Floodgates

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