Who Was First Human On Earth?
Call-in next week’s radio show with your thoughts
By Greg Szymanski
When we argue about history, it creates purpose and meaning in life.
On my radio show next week Friday Sept 9 in the first hour, I will ask the following question:
Who was the first man on earth?
I invite Christians, Jews, Muslims, Athiests and those of other persuasians to call in with their views at 3pm Pac Time at 559-781-3773. The show is broadcast live on www.firstamendmentradio.com
Here are some who disagree with literal Bible interpretation:
A student of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Cape Coast has debunked the assertion by Christians that Adam was the first man on earth.
Mr Zakaria Hudu Froko was of the view that while Adam lived on earth only about 6,000 years ago, the world is much older.
He was speaking at the Sixth Annual Central Regional Conference of Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association has been held at the TI Ahmadiyya Secondary School at Essarkyir.
The theme for the occasion was: “Freedom of Religion and belief – Basis of Peace”.
He said life had passed through different cycles of creation and civilization and Adam, acclaimed as the progenitor of the present human race could not be the very first man in God’s creation but was only the first link in the present cycle.
He noted that when Adam was created he met primitive people who were living in caves, forests and in mountains, some of who surrendered to Adam as they had seen another creature of their own kind who was perfect in terms of knowledge and culture of belief than them.
Supporting his arguments, he said James Usher, an Irish Archbishop established that Adam was created in 4004 BC, which he said was confirmed by other scholars who further established that he was created at exactly 9 am on October 26, 4004 before the birth of Christ.
He maintained that the discovery of some fossils or dead remains by scientists which established that some people lived 19 million years ago was prove that Adam was not the first man on earth.
The Headmaster of Potsin TI Ahmadiyya Secondary School, Mohammed K Ackonu, who spoke on Education and National Development – the Islamic Perspective, said “qualitative education brings development while the absence of it breads ignorance, misery and under-development” and added that education must be seen by mankind to constitute an indispensable asset around which all factors of development revolve.
Alhaj Hafiz Jibril Saeed, Naib Ameer III of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana who chaired the function noted that mutual recognition and tolerance of each other’s religion and beliefs will ensure peace and stability in the country.
Salih Shamsideen, Region President, said the association was to create a platform for learning the basis of the region, sharing and solving members’ problems and for fostering unity among Ahmadiyya Muslim students.
Here is some information about fossil records of the first human being:
How long has man as a species existed on the planet?
Human evolution is a matter of considerable debate. Since the phrase in the question, “man as a species,” is a bit vague, here is a brief run-down of the fossil evidence for the evolution of hominids (animals able to walk upright):
Australopithecus – the first hominid, appeared on the African savannas 2-3 million years ago. Brain size was 1/3 modern human’s.
Homo habilis – the first hominid to make and use tools.
Homo erectus – a. k. a. Peking and Java man, evolved from Homo habilis about 1.5 million years ago, built fires, resided in huts, and had a brain capacity of 1,000 ml (versus modern man’s 1,375 ml).
Homo sapiens –
1. Neanderthals: 130,000 – 30,000 yrs ago,
2. Cro-Magnon Man: 90,000 yrs ago
The oldest fossils of Homo sapiens are those of the Neanderthals (130,000 – 30,000 yrs ago), found in the Neander Valley of Germany. Compared to modern humans, they had heavier brow ridges, less pronounced chins, and slightly larger brains. Plus, they were adept in making and using tools and even had burial rituals. They eventually became extinct and probably did not contribute to the modern human gene pool. The oldest fully modern fossils are those of Cro-Magnon man, dating back 90,000 years. Interestingly, Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal Men may have coexisted, but only Cro-Magnon Man contributed to the modern gene pool.