Is Man a “Naked Ape”?
In 1967, Desmond Morris, an English zoologist and curator of mammals at the London Zoological Society, authored a book titled The Naked Ape. It became an overnight best-seller. The book was excerpted by Life magazine, condensed by Reader’s Digest, and sold half a million copies in a few short months. Morris’s book began in the following fashion: “There are one hundred and ninety-three living species of monkeys and apes. One hundred and ninety-two of them are covered with hair. The exception is a naked ape self-named Homo sapiens.”
In the creation-evolution controversy, creationists sometimes point out that evolutionists allege that man descended from the apes. Some evolutionists bristle at such a statement, claiming: “We never taught that men came from monkeys. Rather, we suggest that man and the monkey both descended from a common ancestor.” Two things can be said regarding this claim: First, it makes precious little difference whether one believes the ape is his “father” or his “cousin”; either is equally degrading. Second, however, the evolutionists’ denial is false. Numerous Darwinists have boasted of their “apish” origin. The late George Gaylord Simpson, former professor of paleontology at Harvard University, wrote:
On this subject, by the way, there has been too much pussyfooting. Apologists emphasize that man cannot be descendant of any living ape"
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