t's time to have another look at the evolutionary illustration we started with. We have now more or less eliminated the first four items ranging from 40 million years ago to 2.5 (or 1.6) million years ago.

Let's see what's left - 4 more male specimens:

These are all 'artists' reconstructions', again from bones for all but the last specimen - unless he is meant to be from 35,000 years ago.

They are captioned, from left to right (BP = before present):

Homo Erectus 500,000 BP

Homo Sapiens 250,000 BP

Neanderthal Man 70,000 BP

Modern Man from 35,000 BP

I suggest that they could be shuffled in any order. By that I mean if you look at height and face only, you might meet any one of them on a bus or subway train going to work, if suitably dressed, so the illustrations are presumably not accurate:

But this is not the point, and if this were all there was to it, we wouldn't be here looking at these very hypothetical reconstructions from all the bits of bone supposedly supporting the theory of evolution.

After all these millions of years we've been shown (but not properly on a time scale) the problem which our illustrated series of artist's impressions conveniently ignores is how we got from this only about 12,000 years ago:

To this today:

And that's a question the evolutionary theory seems to have no proper answer for.

We're not alone in having this problem. Alfred Wallace, described as 'even more rigorous than Darwin in applying the principle of natural selection' ... questioned its efficacy for humans. If early hominids required only a gorilla's intelligence to survive, Wallace asked, why had they evolved brains capable of devising language, composing symphonies, and doing mathematics? Although our bodies had evolved by natural selection, he concluded, Homo Sapiens has "something which he has not derived from his animal progenitors - a spiritual essence or nature..."