Paleontologists have been unearthing fossils for around 150 years since the days of pioneer Joachim Barrande who was meticulous in his chosen science. Since then, over one hundred million fossils have been cataloged around the world with only very few that are in some form connected to the evolution of humans.
The term "fossil evidence" is one that has to be used loosely in relation to human evolution because the discoveries have proved to be highly questionable and in some cases, worthy only of being dismissed. There have been some notable examples over the years of so-called discoveries of the "missing link" between man and ape.
For example, there was the infamous "Piltdown man." This was declared to be a vital "missing link" between man and beast. It was "discovered" by a man named Charles Dawson at Piltdown, England, early in the twentieth century. But decades later it was exposed as a complete hoax. The fake fossil turned out to be the skull of a modern man combined with the jawbone of an ape that had been doctored with chemicals to try to make it look ancient.
Another major contender as the missing link was "Neanderthal man", hailed as evidence of the transformation from ape to human. On the basis of the fossils discovered, Nenaderthal man was reconstructed to look like a stooped, hairy, ape-like creature until it was realized that the skeletal fossil was of a human deformed due to disease. Since then, many Neanderthal fossils have been found, confirming that he was not much different from modern humans.
In his book Ice, Fred Hoyle commented: "There is no evidence that Neanderthal man was in any way inferior to ourselves." Recent drawings of Neanderthals have since taken on a more modern look.
Because there is no link between man and ape in the living world, evolutionists look to the fossil record for the link but without success. If Evolution is a fact as many claim, it is remarkable that not one fossil of a transitional creature has yet been unearthed. Evolutionary theory contends that animals progressed up the evolutionary scale and were more capable of surviving. The obvious question is why the "inferior" ape family is still thriving while there is no sign of even one of the "superior" intermediate forms between ape and human. We see orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees. Where are the "ape-men" who are supposedly a higher life-form?
A biochemist from London University made this comment on the fossil record in relation to human evolution :
"In the oldest rocks we do not find a series of fossils covering the gradual changes from the most primitive creatures to developed forms, but, rather, in the oldest rocks, developed species suddenly appeared."
He also commented that " there was a complete absence of intermediate fossils".
The oldest fossils available to man certainly confirm the existence of the fossilized creature, but none support the evolutionary process by confirming the transformation from one species to another.