Evolution of Modern Humans
After the publication of “On the Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin, Evolution through natural selection was rather quickly adopted by scientists. However, in its infancy scientists imagined evolution as linear and progressive. The early expectation in scientific communities was that modern humans evolved from existing ape populations gradually and that there had to be fossil evidence that links humans to apes.
English biologist Charles Darwin was a European man of his time. Like many of his peers, he was under the impression that white men were inherently superior to women and people of color.
Does the worldview of Darwin say anything about his theory and today’s evolutionary biology?
After scientists and science enthusiasts spent millions on searching the missing link and pouring thousands of manhours into it, eventually, we have discovered that humans have not evolved from existing ape species. It is just that millions of years ago humans and primates were the same species. There has never been a species that linked humans to existing ape species.