Meet my ancestors
According to the widely accepted evolutionary theory, I came from inorganic matter combining to form the most basic form of life, and then over loads of time that simple life got more complicated until I arrived. Must add, my real Mum and Dad had a big part to play. However, according to a recent article my eldest ‘living’ ancestor looked like this…
For those of you who know me, you will probably be saying that you can see the similarities. This 1mm big Saccorhytus coronarius (complete with barnacles) is the oldest known 540million year old ancestor of humans, and pretty much everything else.
So to recap, somewhere along the way my ancestral rocks ‘bonked’ into each other and a simple form of life popped into existence (never been any evidence of this, but let us assume this is true), and over time this little critter appeared (no evidence of his or her predecessor, but let’s assume that’s what happened too). Then, over more long periods of time, Saccorhytus sprouted new features like arms, legs and eventually opened a Twitter account. So although no evidence at all exists that this happened, let’s just assume it is true. Fast forward to today and we have in fact compelling evidence that all this is true after all. We can observe a modern species with some similarity to the original Saccorhytus above:
In fact in this picture Homo Trumpus is holding his original ancestor at 1mm in diameter. According to the recent article from the BBC (here) . Note, and I quote from that article “The researchers were unable to find any evidence that the animal had an anus, which suggests that it consumed food and excreted from the same orifice.”
Furthermore, what confirms the ancestral origins of Homo Trumpus were that, I quote “The researchers say that its most striking feature is its large mouth…. They say that it probably ate by engulfing food particles, or even other creatures”
I dare say Dawkins is really excited right now as it is the final nail in the alleged coffin of evolution doubters.
So Homo Sapiens, Homo Erectus, Homo Neandethalis and even Home Trumpus are all part of the same happy family after all. Phew, that’s a relief.