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Man and monkey

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If men evolved from monkeys, why do we still have monkeys? Shouldn't they be extinct from evolution? Or are they the slower species to evolve and adapt?
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If Dachshunds, Greyhounds and Pit Bulls all evolved from wolves, why are there still wolves?

Others here have already provided excellent answers -- most notably, that human beings DIDN'T evolve from monkeys, and that humans and monkeys actually have a common, ape-like ancestor.

That said, the comments above that there are no transitional fossils is pure hogwash. The problem isn't that there aren't any transitional forms in the fossil record (there are plenty of them). The problem is that those who make such criticisms of evolutionary theory don't understand what a transitional form is. Indeed, they don't even have the most basic grasp of how evolution works.

They expect to see some hybrid creature that is half one species and half another, like the infamous "crockoduck" (a snarky concoction by creationists which, quite rightly, has been turned on them and is now used to ridicule creationists who propose such assinine ideas). But that's not how evolution works.

Despite claims of scientific "problems" and inconsistencies regarding evolutionary theory, it really has only ONE major problem, which has NOTHING to do with science. It's only REAL malfunction is that challenges the cherished notions of some believers who cling to the literal Biblical account of creation.

Darwin's evolutionary theory arose from the VERY SAME scientific method which produced other achievements like relativitistic theory, quantum mechanics and Newton's laws of gravitation. And it has at least as much -- if not more -- observational, experimental and historical evidence supporting it. Yet those other theories don't challenge the need for a creator. Hence, they provoke no "controversy."

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One of the most persistent and erroneous beliefs about evolution is that "man evolved from monkeys", which is simply untrue. Neither Darwin nor any modern evolutionary scientist have ever said such. There has been so much debate on this subject, it actually went to the Supreme Court of Tennessee, after a lengthy and highly publicized trial involving Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan. The trial in reality caused more future controversy than it settled.

The fact remains that evolution does exist, but that man did not come from monkeys, nor did any other species come from any other living species. Evolution states that, somewhere back in time, all living things had common ancestors. Humans, apes and monkeys all had common ancestors, none of which are now living. We are all cousins, not fathers and sons.

Dogs are not descendants of wolves, but are cousins, also. Merely variations of the same species/genera. Wolves may be an older and somewhat more primitive variation, but beagles are not descended from them. The beagles are just a more modern variation. Limbs of "family trees" sprout (mutations or variations occur), some flourish alongside many other limbs, each of which in turn sprout newer limbs. However, some die and leave questions of how one limb can be living alongside an older more primitive one. It may appear that they descended from the older branch, but they did not. They were merely higher up on another limb.

This is a very simplified explanation of a very complicated subject. There are many missing branches to life's family tree, and many holes that will never be filled, but rest assured, evolution is a fact.

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It's not true at all. It was just a thought by a scientist and no one could prove it. It's true that the evaluation happens up to a certain level. But I can not agree that humans are evolved from the apes or the monkeys. Humans are not from any animals. It's a shame if we humans say that we are evolved from the apes. It's true that there are few similarities to the apes. But also there are similarities with the inner body parts of the frogs and mouse also. So why don't we say that humans evolved from the mouse and frogs?

I would say that it's all just made up stories and just like myths. Humans are unique and not like the other animals. I believe that humans are created as humans only. Monkeys are the animals and originally created as monkey only. Humans are grown in knowledge but they are week in wisdom and that's why they creat such foolish statements.

If the evolution of the humans are true then why still the apes are existing as you have asked here? The apes should have gone long ago aren't they? So it's bette to use our wisdom too rather than using our knowledge alone. I think that no one likes to be called as money. And if I say to somebody that their parents or forefathers are monkeys, then will they be happy about that? Definitely they will mad at me aren't they? That's the lesion from the nature. The nature itself says that humans are humans and they are not from any other animals. That's why we do not like to be called as monkeys or generation of the monkeys.

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Well there are many, many problems with the Theory of evolution which are not pointed out in science classes when they say macro evolution is a fact. There is no fossils of the transitions of any species changing from one species to another. It's an incredible fact that evolutionist can not provide any evidence that macro evolution has ever happened. Species can evolve within their species, but a monkey can not turn into a human, just as a plant can not turn into a dog.

It takes a lot of faith to believe in such a crazy idea as a plant turning into a human, but most people are on board cause we have been conditioned to believe this lie from the communistic public school system. Remember evolution is the main ingredient in all of the most brutal leaders since Darwin made the theory popular, and even he had doubts of it's validity.

Here is an article about this subject: Macro Evolution is a Religious Belief Interv93 elief.html

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This is a very interesting question given the fact that you're asking something that a lot of people ask when they talk about evolution. You are talking about Man and monkey and why men are here if monkey are still here.

This is something very interesting since this is the question that a lot of people ask, monkey and men are different. Yes the theory says that men evolved from monkeys but it was a different species. Men are created from a different species.

I don't agree with evolution in a lot of ways however I respected the theories and I think that most of these theories are very good to give us an idea on why we are here

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The idea that humans "evolved from monkeys" is a common misconception, and is very untrue.

Both humans and apes evolved from a common ape-like ancestor. Humans did not evolve from any of the species of monkey that exist today. Evolution should not be seen as a process in which species progress up a ladder, but rather as a sort of "tree".

In other words, at some point in the distant past humans and today's monkeys branched off from this common ape-like ancestor, and slowly evolved into what we have today. As such, both species still exist. It is not a case of father and son, but rather one of cousins.

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The monkeys should not be extinct from evolution. Evolution does not work that way. Some monkeys evolved into humans and the other ones did not. Dogs evolved from wolves and there are still wolves. If you breed dogs to get a new type of dog the other types of dogs still exists and still reproduce.

Evolution is a result of breeding. Animals pass on their traits by having babies. When evolution happens it does not happen to all the animals of the same species. There are still lots of wolves. At least there would be if people did not kill so many and destroy their homes.

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"There is no fossils of the transitions of any species changing from one species to another."
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Archaeopteryx is fossilized evidence while a walking cat fish is a currently ongoing adaptation.
If you need a series of fossils and a living relative there are sea shells that have evolved from a simple form into various different species.

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Evolution should not be seen as a process in which species progress up a ladder.
Both mondern monkeys and humans are descended from a long-extinct ancestor pre-dating both that is not one of currently living species.
What evolution explains is how humans along with monkeys developed from a common primate ancestor. None of the species currently living is a descendant of the other.

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My only comment to this is if we came from monkeys then where did the monkeys come from?

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