English scientist Charles Darwin introduced the theory of evolution through natural selection in 1859 with the publication of his book “On the Origin of Species”. This started a fierce argument among nineteenth-century scientists but the massive evidence coming from various other branches of science established evolution’s truth beyond a reasonable doubt before the twentieth century.
Natural selection says only the fit will surprise. The fit are those that have the inherited traits that help them best adapt to their habitat so that they live long enough to have and raise their offspring. Does this mean all of the inheritable traits of organisms ultimately serve one purpose: improve the adaptation of the organisms to their environments?
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. Early expectation in scientific communities was that modern humans evolved from existing ape populations gradually, and that there had to be fossil evidence that link humans to apes.
Apes are not evolving into humans anymore. Does this mean that the school of thought born with Charles Darwin’s book “Descent of Man” published in 1871 was just a fallacy? Should scientists officially issue an acceptance to the Bible’s account of genesis? Or can it be that humans did not evolve from apes?