This has been an excellent conversation to which I’ve (Ian Juby) sadly been distracted from. It’s an excellent question “Where are all the human fossils?” but the truth is, the evolutionists themselves have acknowledged that there’s been human fossils found to the tune of tens of thousands of them. Let’s take a look at the history:

When Bill Cooper published about the “Lady of Guadeloupe” in 1983, and then in his awesome book “After the Flood” he lit a firestorm – especially with the British Museum of Natural history because he had spent years there researching for his book. He detailed numerous artifacts in the museum that seemingly no one knew of – including the famous lady of Guadeloupe:

I have no idea who’s webpage that is, but I’m pretty sure that’s actually my photo of my cast of the Guadeloupe skeleton.

We now of course know there was multiple fossil skeletons of completely modern humans found at that site, dated somewhere between 12 and 25 million evolutionary years old. Then curator of the British Museum, Chris Stringer, hit the roof after he found out Cooper had published on the skeletons in HIS museum’s closet – the skeleton shown was actually on display for over 50 years in the British Museum and was quietly removed and put in the basement after evolutionism took hold. Stringer took issue with the suggestion that he or the museum was hiding evidence that went against evolutionary theory and its hallowed timescale. They hauled the skeleton out and put it on public display, even calling a press conference to show the world they weren’t hiding it. And they then denied that the rocks in which the fossil was found were actually as old as the geology suggested.

As a result, geologist John Mackay went to the Island of Guadeloupe in 1985 to settle once and for all the assigned evolutionary age of the fossil site. Mysteriously, though the entire island had been surveyed geologically, the Clerc site (from whence the fossils allegedly came) had *not* been included in any geological surveys. Why not?

So Mackay conducted a geological survey (which was published in Ex Nihilo tech journal in 1986 settled several questions and brought up a few more questions. What he did settle though was that the matrix in which the Guadeloupe skeletons were found match the Miocene deposits of the island. He brought all his paperwork and research to the British Museum and confronted Chris Stringer with the information. Upon seeing this, Stringer calmed down and was much more humble and open to the claims of Cooper and other creationists. Mackay pinned him down and flat out asked him “How many human fossils do you know of?” Stringer thought about it for a while, and it was Mackay’s turn to be shocked: Stringer responded with “Oh, about 30,000 or so?”

30,000??? So you’re probably thinking the same things Mackay did, and what I did when he recounted this story to me. That’s an awful lot of human fossils that we’ve never heard anything about – and that’s what was acknowledged by a leading evolutionary scholar – one who is clearly “in the know” regarding the fossil evidence of humans. Thing is – they’ve even acknowledged this right under our noses and I don’t know about you – but I completely overlooked it for decades.

John Sanford and Chris Rupe brought up a significant point in their book “Contested Bones” – they noted that ALL of the major players in the evolutionary paleontology camp digging in Africa for our ancient ancestors had found fossils of humans: homo. Louis and Mary Leakey, Richard Leakey, Tim White, Don Johanson – every one of them, even written right in the abstracts of their papers, acknowledged finding fossils of homo at every site they excavated. Please notice that this is what *they* are acknowledging. This does not even take into account the major points of contention we would have with their interpretations of the fossils they claim were not homo.

For example, the AL-129 knee was found 2-1/2 kilometers away from the Lucy skeleton, and some 60 to 70 meters deeper stratigraphically. Yet whenever Johanson talked about the AL-129 knee, he always talked about it interchangeably with the knee that was found at the Lucy site. This has led to much confusion and criticisms on both sides of the creation / evolution debate, but I lay the blame at the feet of Johanson – even if it was just honest miscommunication. In the PBS NOVA special on the Lucy find, Owen Lovejoy spoke quite frankly of the AL-129 fossil knee:

“When Don brought the Hadar knee back from Ethiopia and laid it out on my living room floor, I knew instantly, that was a HUMAN KNEE” (emphasis mine, and I’m going by memory here so that may not be an exact quote).

With Johanson narrating, Lovejoy then demonstrates on camera how the knee locks upright just like a human knee, and exactly UNlike an ape’s knee. Thing of it is – he’s right. It IS a human knee! Yet they do not report the AL-129 knee as belonging to homo. Why not? Because they honestly believe that humans were not around in rocks that old, therefore they attribute this clearly human knee to Lucy, which is a combination of ape and pygmy human fossils.

So the reason I bring that up is because it’s a stunning example of the evolutionists finding what they frankly admit is a completely human fossil, but in the technical literature they classify it as an ape-like creature. A. afarensis in this case – not even CLOSE to human. The fossil knee that was found with Lucy is probably also a human knee. So here we have, with just one of the famous hominid fossils, multiple human fossils mixed in. Now let’s start counting up the other fossils found all over the African sites that *they* call homo. Then let’s start counting up all of the Neanderthal fossils
which many evolutionists acknowledge are human. You can start to see a little bit why Stringer would give such an outrageous number off the top of his head.

Please note, I have not brought up any allegedly “controversial” fossils like fossil human footprints of the Paluxy. Just in that one mile strip of the Paluxy on which the McFall site is located, about a hundred fossil human footprints have been found. This does not take into account ooparts like the Calaveras skull (for which I think Lain and Gentet did a fantastic job contesting for it in CRSQ 33). The Calaveras site is actually quite interesting because *hundreds* of human tools were found in the same gravel bed in the gold mine from which that skull came. Other human fossil bones and fragments were also retrieved from that bed. So I’m not taking any of those fossils into account, and that’s hundreds upon hundreds of examples in a few sentences. Shall I go on about the Nampa figurine? Other clearly man-made artifacts found in sediments allegedly too old?

So as far as human fossils go, there’s been tens of thousands of them found and even acknowledged by the evolutionists themselves. What that number would be if you included contested finds, I do not know – except it would be a bigger number than “Oh, about 30,000” 😀