There’s no such thing as a missing link, unless we’re talking about synapses that ought to be firing somewhere inside that tiny grey area which presumably exists somewhere deep within a Darwinist’s thick skull!
“What about cavemen?” It’s one of the most common questions asked of creation speakers. There are two short answers.
[A] Yes, men have lived in caves. After Babel, man dispersed each according to his new language. Some lived in caves during the Ice Age that followed the Deluge. Some Flood legends even mention people living in caves as they traveled to their eventual homeland.
[B] If by “cave man” you really mean ape-man, they’ve never existed outside of textbook illustrations, museum exhibits and the fertile imaginations of evolutionists [& Hollywood!]
Ernst Haeckel, the self-same promoter of those fudged embryo drawings that were supposed to demonstrate that “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny,” was among the first to describe the proposed ape-man:
“The form of their skull was probably very long, with slanting teeth; their hair woolly; the color of their skin dark; … The hair covering…was probably thicker…; their arms comparatively longer and stronger; their legs, on the other hand, knock-kneed, shorter and thinner, with entirely under-developed calves; their walk but half-erect” [Haeckel, 1868, In McCown & Kennedy, 1972, p. 143]
Since then, they’ve set out to find what they expect. Despite evolution hopes and claims, all ape-men have been true apes, true humans, mistakes or outright frauds! A few examples should suffice to illustrate this point.
Eoanthropus [the “Dawn Man”], who appeared in textbooks for decades, is better known as a deliberate hoax, Piltdown Man. Shamefully, someone put a human skull and an ape jaw together, filed down the ape teeth to make them seem more human and stained the whole forgery to make it appear ancient.
Hesperopithecus [“Western Ape”], better known as Nebraska Man, was used famously as evidence in the Scopes Monkey Trial. Though Clarence Darrow and his expert witness affirmed that an entire race of men had lived in Nebraska a million years prior, the entire evidence for his existence was a single tooth. And not even a man’s tooth, as it was later found, but rather a peccary [an extinct pig]!
Similarly, Ramapithecus was only bits of jaw and teeth; though hailed as a missing link between man and ape, he’s now recognized as an extinct ape. Austrolopithecus, more famously known as “Lucy,” has some “human-like” features, but is mostly apish. Charles Oxnard has classified it as a unique form of extinct ape with no direct lineage to man.
At one time, Cro-magnon Man and Neandertals were hailed as ape-men, but DNA evidence and comparisons of cranial capacity have confirmed that they were simply men. Homo erectus also turned out to be fully human, though of a smaller brain size and stature.
We could go further down the list of proposed ape-men candidates, but in the end we still find that apes are apes. Men are men. If Bigfoot is ever found, it will be one or the other. Christian author, Frank Peretti has suggested such a solution in his fiction work, Monster, which I highly reccomend.
But to clarify, if Bigfoot is ever found, it will certainly be found to be one of the following two possibilities:
1. A species of relict or unknown primate. Gigantopithecus has been suggested by some cryptozoologists, though the fragmentary nature of these fossils [essentially jawbones and teeth] makes this purest speculation. Nevertheless, some large species of unidentified relict ape or orangutan remains a viable possibility. The cryptid ape option Frank Peretti explored in Monster. [Gripping. Read it if you get the chance.] Incidentally, Bigfoot [technically being indigenous only to North America, though the term is often used generically to include Yeti, Yowie and other primate cryptids] is sometimes refered to as a Nape [“North American Ape”]].
2. They could be degenerated wild men, but fully human. Neandertal comes to mind. Neandertal is usually pictured as a knuckle-dragging missing link, but as mentioned already even evolutionary scientists have recanted this and now admit that Neandertal stood upright and was a man and no ape or missing link. In fact, Neandertal was every bit as smart as we are, if their skull size is any indication.
Admittedly, I lean toward the relict ape hypothesis, but some form of degenerated man especially Neandertal man also presents an intriguing and satisfying solution. Interestingly, Nick Saint in his book Fossils That Speak Out has suggested that comparisons of their respective skulls reveal Aborigines as probable living Neandertaloids. It is noted that the Aborigines of Australia did not fish or make fire when Europeans first came across them in Tasmania, so much so that they were considered to be a lost Stone Age people by evolutionists. Sadly, it’s been documented that an evolutionary belief that the Aborigines were the “missing link” resulted in perhaps 10,000 human remains were shipped to British museums as specimens. Much of these specimens were the work of grave robbers, but “fresh” specimens were obtained by simple murder – all in an insane attempt to build a case of their being the missing link. Edward Ramsay, curator of the Australian Museum [Sydney], even published a booklet for the museum, explaining how to rob graves for specimens and how to plug bullet holes in “fresh” allegedly sub-human specimens. All in the name of Darwin, whose theory is inherently racist, suggesting that some ethnicities are more or less evolved than others, though evos downplay this obvious and damning inference of the evolutionary paradigm. And of course Aborigines turned out to be another failed missing link candidate after all. Archaeologists have inferred that they were catching and eating fish until some time before white men arrived, but had lost that knowledge recently. It is also acknowledged [and demonstrated] that Aborigines do not lack mental aptitude when compared to other ethnicities when given comparable education, but are simply culturally degenerated.
But Bigfoot [nor any other primate cryptid] will most certainly never be found to be the so-called missing link, for no such thing exists or ever has!