Common Creationist Misconceptions – Apes and Monkeys

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Apes, monkeys, primates. Our distant family. Our ancestors. Human DNA proves our common ancestry with modern apes and monkeys, yet creationists refuse to admit the link. Below are some memes created by Lord Cropes to answer their common questions and misconceptions. He’s definitely worth of follow on twitter if you are not already following him too.

These memes are completely free to use. You can either link to them on our site or download them for use in your own repertoire.

Apes, Monkeys, and Humans Today!

  • Humans, apes, chimps and gorillas you see in the world today are all modern species of primate that followed different evolutionary paths.
  • We share a common ancestor with the aforementioned primates (now extinct). The great apes evolved from apes which evolved from earlier apes which are thought to have evolved from monkeys in the Miocene epoch.
    Did we evolve from the monkeys we see today? No.
    Did we evolve directly from monkeys? No, through a series of earlier species in the homo genus, up through a series of apes which evolved from a species classed as a monkey.
    We have a common primate ancestor with the monkeys you see today.
  • Monkeys and apes took separate paths millions of years ago and continued to evolve separately.
  • We essentially ARE monkeys, whilst we are in the great ape family was are part of the infraorder simiiformes.
    The simians are the monkeys, cladistically including the apes: the New World monkeys or platyrrhines, and the catarrhine clade consisting of the Old World monkeys and apes.
  • Entire species do not evolve into new species; new species tend to evolve as isolated offshoots of existing (parent) species.
  • In some cases, newly evolved species can end up out-competing their parent (or sibling) species, driving them to extinction, but by no means in all cases.
  • Some people take offence to being thought of as monkeys, but where is the logic in that?

For more info read: Why do Christians and Muslims Reject Evolution?

Also check out:

Conflated and Misunderstood Terms Volume 1: Evolution

And: The Evolution of Evolution

Hope you have enjoyed the memes, there will be many more as we have the full Cropes archive at our disposal!

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