If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?

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  1. boyatdelhi profile image73
    boyatdelhiposted 8 years ago

    If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?

  2. Andrew0208 profile image58
    Andrew0208posted 8 years ago

    Good question. In fact, man never evolved from monkeys nor apes. That's tales by the moonlight. Never did it happen for real. lol.

  3. wilbury4 profile image66
    wilbury4posted 8 years ago

    Because the process followed many different paths, similar to a family tree with many branches, each having many twigs etc etc. Evolution has no fixed path or time limit and therefore some beings remained at a certain state where others evolved.
    Whatever your thoughts, the Origin of Species is an interesting book to read.

  4. Merlin Fraser profile image70
    Merlin Fraserposted 8 years ago

    Can I assume from your question that you are from the good Ole US of A or did you picked this particular point up from some sort of anti Darwinist religious group ?

    The reason I ask is that I spotted this huge hole in the American educational system years ago and from the weird ideas and notions that pop up here on HubPages from time to time, mostly from American members mainly from rhe South !

    No one, especially Darwin, EVER said man evolved from Apes or Monkeys.

    That was a USA Newspaper headline back in the 1920's    Scope's Monkey trial.

    What Darwin actual said was that somewhere in our evolution all primates MUST of had a common ancestor.

    It never ceases to amaze me how this one simple and rediculous made up Byline stuck in the mind while at the same time American schools avoid teaching the truth.

    Although there are times when I read some of the questions answers and Forum responses here  I sometimes wonder if Darwin got it wrong and there is a direct link !

  5. kentuckyslone profile image81
    kentuckysloneposted 8 years ago

    I havent read the other replies yet but the entire question is based upon a fallacy. Evolutionists have never said that humans evolved from moneys and apes. They say that we have common ancestors with them.

    Not saying what I believe about it but the idea that evolutionists say we evolved from monkeys and apes was never true and was basically propaganda put out by the church to discredit them. They were so successful with their propaganda that even today a lot of people still believe it.

  6. nightwork4 profile image59
    nightwork4posted 8 years ago

    we didn't. we evolved along with monkeys and apes from a sub-species. evolution isn't just about something becoming something else over time but it's also about how certain species change in different ways over time.

  7. wingedcentaur profile image80
    wingedcentaurposted 8 years ago

    Good Day boyatdelhi!

    I see you have been mistreated to some rather harsh and insulting responses here. I think its regrettable that one can be made to feel like a criminal for asking a question!

    Anyway, although I am very, very far from an authority on these matters, it is my understanding that both human beings (or homo sapiens sapiens) and the ape family evolved from a common ancestor. This common ancestor is sometimes called the "Missing Link."

    This refers to the somewhat mysterious creature that "linked" apes and human beings -- the one creature (not single creature but single "family" of creatures) out of which emerged human beings and the ape family. Its actually quite fascinating.

    This "Missing Link," through various studies, was shown to have had physical characteristics which, in RETROSPECT, would come to be understood as, HAVING BEEN, "ape-like" and "human-like." This creature, which spawned both humans and apes and monkeys, had both "human" and "apelike" physical characteristics BEFORE humans and apes and monkeys appeared on the scene.

    Now this means (and this part can be tricky) that our existence, our human existence was, in fact, not at all dependant upon the existence of apes and monkeys. That is to say that starting from this "Missing Link" the pathway of the apes and monkeys could have just as easily been "cut out," if you will -- and you could have just had us human beings without apes and monkeys coming into existence at all (under the "right" geological, environmental circumstances and all that).

    In other words, "fate" and environmental circumstances could have just as easily "colluded," if you will, to EMPHASIZE the prior "human" characteristics of this ancestral "Missing Link" creature; and DE-EMPHASIZE the prior "ape-like" characteristics.

    The pendulum could have just as easily swung the other way, as it were. Environmental circumstances could have colluded in such a way as to EMPHASIZE the prior "ape-like" characteristics of the ancestral Missing Link creature; and DE-EMPHASIZE prior "human-like" characteristics of this creature, so the only apes and monkeys emerged without us human beings.

    Now, it just so happens that the world was big enough and circumstances permitted the separate expression of both the "human" and "ape" characteristics of the Missing Link.

    Take it easy.

  8. Ken Barton profile image61
    Ken Bartonposted 8 years ago

    The majority of today's scientist don't even believe in evolution anymore simply because there is no proof of one species ever developing from another.  There are lots of similarities, but that is all.  What is clear is that there are literally thousands upon thousands of species that exist all on their own.  Many have died off and are now extinct and at the same time many new species are being discovered all the time.  Personally, I believe man is unique, created in the image of God, just as the Scriptures teach, and which science continues to discover was and has always been accurate from the start.


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