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Geneticist claims chimps, pigs in human bloodline
By Gigi Cook
Match.com would never put them together, but a recent hypothesis presented by geneticist Dr. Eugene McCarthy suggests humans are not the result of natural selection so much as a possible hybridization of the common male bore pig (Sus scrofa) and a female chimp (Pan troglodytes).
In July 2013 Dr. McCarthy, a geneticist from Georgia, published his own work on his website MacroEvolution.net. The article titled “Human Origins: Are we hybrids?” postulates “We believe that humans are related to chimpanzees because humans share so many traits with the chimpanzee. Is it not rational then also, if pigs have all the traits that distinguish humans from other primates, to suppose that humans are also related to pigs?” In the article, Dr. McCarthy suggests that humans evolved after a female chimpanzee mated with a pig.
McCarthy calls himself an “evolutionary theorist” suggesting “perhaps Darwin told only half the story.” His work on hybridization in mammals has been acknowledged by the respected science news site Phys.org as having merit, yet he finds himself surprisingly at odds with those he would otherwise look to for support: evolutionists.
“It’s almost like some of the evolutionists are reacting in a parallel way to the creationists. It’s like they’re saying, ‘this is a most blasphemous thing that you’re saying. We know the truth. We know that you are misinformed,’” McCarthy said. “It (the hybrid theory) seems to raise the same hackles among some of them as making fun of Jesus does to Baptists.”
McCarthy’s research employed the same scientific methods other biologists use in identifying unknown hybrids. He first made assumptions based on chimpanzees being mankind’s closest living relatives; then made a list of all the characteristics that distinguish humans from the chimpanzees. He realized the list would describe the traits of the second parent.
The traits are: largely hairless skin, a comparable layer of fat beneath the skin, light-colored eyes, a protruding rubbery nose, vocal cords, heavy eyelashes, molars, a short pelvis, a curved sacrum with short dorsal spines, similarities in the structure of the kidneys and other internal organs and tiny hooves (called ungual tuberosities) just beneath the skin on the tips of the fingers and toes. All the characteristics, with two exceptions—big brain and upright posture—are also present in pigs.
Looking further McCarthy found anatomical characteristics in either pigs or chimps that when combined in a hybrid could produce an increase in brain size and possibly allow the hybrid to walk erect. Everything seemed to fit.
Answers in Genesis biologist, David Menton, disagrees with the hypothesis, but supports some of McCarthy’s research: “These hybridizing experiments he’s doing are of interest to us, because many species of animals could come from just one ‘kind,’” he says.
“The Bible uses the word ‘kind’ to describe the animals aboard Noah’s ark; such as all dogs, wolves and coyotes could be considered of one ‘kind.’ One pair,” he added, “then, could lead to the diversity we see within kind today; so hybridizing experiments are extremely interesting.”
Nevertheless, Menton said, McCarthy’s assertion that humans are descendants of a chimpanzee and pig is “ludicrous.” Menton goes on to say McCarthy’s claims reveal that evolutionists are increasingly dissatisfied with Darwin’s theory. “There is, in fact, a growing dissatisfaction among scientists, even those who are not coming at this from a creationist viewpoint,” he says. “Even those who are materialists know there has to be something else besides ‘survival of the fittest’ to explain what we see.”
Nehemiah 9:6 says “You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them.”
Scientists who believe in Biblical Creation reject the claims of McCarthy and other evolutionists, explaining that similar design characteristics between species is evidence of a common Creator—not common ancestors.
Today people of faith can pray that:
- The scientific community will be open to see God’s hand in His glorious creation
- God will preserve His truth and reveal it to the minds of those seeking real answers
- Resources will be made available for those interested in understanding Creation
Gigi Cook’s work has been featured in major radio markets, media publications and corporate leadership programs. She is a writer, speaker, and program facilitator with degrees in psychology and theology. Now residing in Reno, NV, Gigi enjoys her work and collecting American Antiques.
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