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Three Ways to Make an Ape-Man

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.

Private Programs

Private workshops can be booked for groups (subject to availability). The minimum group size is 35 and the maximum is 90. To book your private event, please email our programs team or call 888-582-4253 ext. 229.

Dr. David Menton: Dr. Menton holds a PhD from Brown University and served as a professor at Washington University for 34 years. He retired as an associate professor emeritus and now serves with Answers in Genesis.

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Dates and Times

Aug. 13, 2020


Aug. 27, 2020


Sept. 10, 2020


Sept. 24, 2020


Oct. 8, 2020


Oct. 22, 2020