Three Ways to Make an Ape-Man

Workshop Tickets


Members and Passholders receive a 10% discount off on-site purchases.

Tickets for this workshop are available from Guest Services on arrival.

We’ve been told that humans evolved from ape-like creatures, and fossils like “Lucy” are touted as being “ape-men,” or links, in the evolutionary chain. Join Dr. David Menton as he explains the three ways that facts must be twisted in order to call fossil remains an ape-man. Dr. Menton will teach you how to recognize the tell-tale signs that separate an ape from a human. Using your new knowledge of things like differences in facial structure, ulna shape and pelvic alignment, you will then test your ability to distinguish those “ape-men” that are really apes from those that are really humans.

Far from being ancestors of humankind, ape-men can only be constructed in one of three ways: by taking a human skull and declaring it to be ape-like (e.g., Neanderthal man); by taking an ape skull and declaring it to be human-like (e.g., Lucy, or Australopithecus afarensis); or by mixing ape and human fossil specimens together (as was done with Piltdown man). After seeing this workshop you will have no doubt that the famous “Lucy” fossils belong to a knuckle-walking, ape-like animal, and not a creature that is part ape and part human.

Through his years of teaching, Dr. Menton gained many anecdotal tidbits and stories and loves sharing his knowledge with Creation Museum guests. This workshop is recommended for 12 years old and up, but younger budding scientists will be able to learn a lot too.

Tickets are $3.50 with museum admission; Members and Passholders receive a 10% discount off on-site purchases. Purchase your tickets in advance by calling Reservations at 800-721-2298.

Private Programs

Private workshops can be booked for groups (subject to availability). The minimum group size is 25 and the maximum is 90. When you book your group's visit with Group Reservations ask about a private workshop for your group.

This program is a Science Series Workshop sponsored by Bob Jones University.

Dr. David Menton: Dr. Menton has seen audiences of all ages enjoy his well-illustrated (and often humorous) presentations on a variety of fascinating topics.