HUMANS Is it true that humans were once gorillas?

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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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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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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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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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