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HUMANSIs it true that humans were once gorillas?

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karam13 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2010 at 6:13 AM via web

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Is it true that humans were once gorillas?

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted December 4, 2010 at 6:30 AM (Answer #2)

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I believe you might be referring to Darwin'sTheory of Evolution. Darwin surmised that complex creatures evolve from more simplistic ancestors naturally over periods of time. Darwin's Theory of Evolution challenges Creationism.

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karam13 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2010 at 6:41 AM (Answer #3)

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um,say what you believad was right

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karam13 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2010 at 6:42 AM (Answer #4)

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what you balievad was write

 

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karam13 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2010 at 6:44 AM (Answer #5)

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sorry the spelling is wrong (believed)

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karam13 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2010 at 6:45 AM (Answer #6)

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can you explain more

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 4, 2010 at 7:09 AM (Answer #7)

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First, it is not quite accurate to say humans were once gorillas.  It's like saying that you were once your cousin.  Humans and gorillas both descended from a common ancestor as did you and your cousin.  But it is not like you descended from your cousin.

I do believe in the idea that human beings descended from ape-like creatures over long periods of time.  I think that the fossil record shows quite clearly that there have been many different species going from very primitive things that were little different than apes, up through more "advanced" creatures, and eventually to Homo Sapiens Sapiens.

Many people question this because the Bible says God created Adam and Eve in his image.  I do not believe that this is meant to be taken literally.  I think it just means that God created the world and everything in it (whole universe, for that matter).  But the Bible was not a science text and was given to people who were way too primitive to understand evolution.  That's why I can believe in both God and evolution.

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karam13 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2010 at 10:11 AM (Answer #8)

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First, it is not quite accurate to say humans were once gorillas.  It's like saying that you were once your cousin.  Humans and gorillas both descended from a common ancestor as did you and your cousin.  But it is not like you descended from your cousin.

I do believe in the idea that human beings descended from ape-like creatures over long periods of time.  I think that the fossil record shows quite clearly that there have been many different species going from very primitive things that were little different than apes, up through more "advanced" creatures, and eventually to Homo Sapiens Sapiens.

Many people question this because the Bible says God created Adam and Eve in his image.  I do not believe that this is meant to be taken literally.  I think it just means that God created the world and everything in it (whole universe, for that matter).  But the Bible was not a science text and was given to people who were way too primitive to understand evolution.  That's why I can believe in both God and evolution.

thank you,know I can tell my friend she is wrong about that

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 4, 2010 at 7:26 PM (Answer #9)

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You may wish to go the Creationism Group as there are lengthy discussions in this group, some of which are rather persuasive for one point of view.  Anyway, you should find these discussions interesting.

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karam13 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 5, 2010 at 12:08 AM (Answer #10)

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You may wish to go the Creationism Group as there are lengthy discussions in this group, some of which are rather persuasive for one point of view.  Anyway, you should find these discussions interesting.

what is the creationism group,yes,i do enjoy discussions like this

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 7, 2010 at 9:32 AM (Answer #11)

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Just type in Creationism in the Search box and it should come up for you.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 14, 2010 at 4:08 AM (Answer #12)

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Gorillias are your distant cousins. We did not evolve from them. We evolved from a 'common ancestor'. That means if you made two family trees, one for you and one for a gorilla, eventually they would connect. In other words... if you followed your family tree way way back in time... Your parents, then your grand-parents, then your great great grandparents etc etc etc your distant relatives would be the same distant relatives that the gorilla has.

It's a wonderful, easily proved fact! You're an animal!

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 30, 2010 at 5:04 PM (Answer #13)

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The humans were once gorillas statement can be traced back to the time when Charles Darwin's book, On Origin of Species was published in the 1800's. Popular cartoonists at the time mocked Darwin, whose ideas challenged established ideas put forth by religion. One famous cartoon shows simple life forms, changing to other more complex life forms with tails, to monkey-like creatures, to eventually an upright human. Darwin never once said humans came from gorillas. Actually, gorillas are less related to humans than are chimps, according to  fossil and DNA evidence. However, all of these primates evolved from a common ancestor and slowly over time, these different primates evolved, while others along the way, became extinct.

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