No one knows the specific material origin of Adam and Eve. The Church does not claim to know this or define it. I was not addressing the specific material origin of Adam and Eve.
I was merely observing that human beings have biological progenitors, and science fleshes this out (pun intended) pretty well.
I didn’t even call those progenitors “human”, to avoid confusion with the definition of a human being, which is a unity of body and soul.
I am not concerned here with the missing link or the conflating of science and theology. If there is such a thing as a specific progenitor of Adam, it will never be definitively found. But science has done a lot of good work on the biological lineage that produced human beings.
So that is good. Truth does not contradict truth. Faith and reason should be integrated.
It is awesome how Genesis describes us as coming from the dust of the earth. We are part of God’s creation, not separate from it. We are unique, yet part of the whole. Not just a bundle of atoms, but still consisting of that “dust”. Not on a par with God, but created by God.
Genesis, without scientific knowledge, intuits what science later helps reveal about God’s creation.