She also references Charles Oxnard, whose position was similar to Zuckerman (Australopithecines were apes, not humans). As for Oxnard, “Finally, there is “an overwhelming body of evidence”, based on the work of nearly 30 scientists, which contradicts Oxnard’s work.” So much for Zuckerman and Oxnard.
In this post Harun Yahya (real name Adnan Oktar) is also referenced. Oktar is a Turkish Muslim creationist. He is, by most accounts, a cult leader and an extreme Islamist. He has a TV program in Turkey where he features his “kittens” (i.e. his female followers). Among other things, he denies the Holocaust. As far as I can see, he has absolutely no scientific training whatsoever.
Finally, Sarah Umer quotes Richard Lewontin, who is, in fact, a highly regarded evolutionary biologist. But–as I pointed out in my earlier post–the argument today is not whether the theory of evolution is true, but exactly how it works. Lewontin (and Stephen J Gould) think that organisms were not simply passive reactors to environmental changes which led to genetic mutations, they played an active part in trying to change their own environment. This is NOT an anti-evolutionary theory, it is one of a number of elaborations of the theory. The quotation Umer uses seems to indicate that there is some menacing conspiracy against non-materialist explanations for evolution. But that’s not what Lewontin means. He’s simply pointing out that science works with the material world. To introduce the supernatural into science is to destroy science as such.
In her last few sentences, Umer comes to the same conclusion I came to in my earlier post: that 50-40,000 years ago (I gave 60-40,000) “modern man entered the scene…” I agree. But then she veers off into religion, not science: “all the other species predating him were not actually ‘man’, or his ancestors.” Of course they were–perhaps not “modern man”–but certainly some were our ancestors and others were cousins (having branched off from out line of descent). All reputable anthropologists agree. Only those with a degree in graphic design or other totally unrelated field doubt that.