Why does the intelligent behaviour in monkeys not show that man evolved from apes?

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Monkeys exhibit various forms of intelligent and social behaviour. Evolutionists point to the way monkeys manage to imitate human behaviour, and then construct similarities. Monkeys are claimed to be the closest animals to man in terms of intelligence, and these similarities are used by evolutionists as the basis for the claim that man evolved from apes. The fact is, however, that the idea that monkey intelligence and behaviour proves evolution is an invalid one, since there are countless creatures in nature which exhibit human-like behaviour despite being far removed from man.

Monkeys exhibit various forms of intelligent and social behaviour. Evolutionists point to the way monkeys manage to imitate human behaviour, and then construct similarities. Monkeys are claimed to be the closest animals to man in terms of intelligence, and these similarities are used by evolutionists as the basis for the claim that man evolved from apes. The fact is, however, that the idea that monkey intelligence and behaviour proves evolution is an invalid one, since there are countless creatures in nature which exhibit human-like behaviour despite being far removed from man.

Creatures capable of imitating some human behaviour:

1. The species of crow Corvus moneduloides which lives on the Pacific island of New Caledonia is far superior to chimpanzees when it comes to using tools. The ability of one crow in this area astonished scientists towards the end of 2002. The BBC made the comment, “The crow is putting our closest cousins to shame”, stressing that the thesis that chimpanzees were the most intelligent animals after man was no longer valid. (1) Researchers studying the crows in their natural habitat on the island concluded that the knowledge of tools these animals had developed by individual ability were ‘technological progress’ handed on among individuals and down the generations. (2)

2. Apart from man, the only creatures which possess a symbolic language are bees. (3) A bee can tell other bees about a source of food they have never seen, even though it may be hundreds of yards away, and even give its coordinates by means of a special dance.

3. Bees can perform mathematical calculations quite beyond monkeys. Bees build their combs in a hexagonal form, making the optimum use of the ratio between area and circumference. (4)

4. Despite being blind, termites build giant nests with a perfect air conditioning system. This is the equivalent of sightless human beings coming together to build 960-metre high skyscrapers. Beavers also employ construction techniques and build dams which halt the flow of rivers.

5. The wild bee Schwarzula and leaf-cutter ants engage in farming, an even more complex culture. Schwarzula ‘raises livestock’ using the secretions of larvae it collects in its nest, and leaf-cutter ants engage in agriculture by growing fungi.

Evolutionists compare chimpanzees to human beings from the point of view of their facial expressions and ability to communicate, and use them as a propaganda tool. Yet these abilities in chimpanzees do not bear any such interpretation, since many other creatures exhibit complex social behaviour. Crows, for instantly, behave differently when a relative attempts to steal their food than when any other crow does; emperor penguins are easily able to identify their families when they return to them after long periods away.

Conclusion:

As we have seen, many creatures exhibit similar abilities to those in humans. Yet these abilities do not show that bees, crows, termites, beavers, dogs and ants are our relatives. The ‘human-like’ behaviour of monkeys is not therefore a foundation for scenarios of human evolution. Evolutionists construct imaginary similarities in the light of their own prejudices and distort those aspects of chimpanzees which resemble those of man and use them as evolutionary propaganda. Yet the claim they thus propagandise actually conflicts with their own theories; creatures far removed from man on the fictitious evolutionary family tree can exhibit far more intelligent behaviour than the chimpanzee, regarded as man’s closest ancestor. In short, the claim that chimpanzee intelligence is close to that of man and thus demonstrates evolution is nothing but a groundless deception.

 

(1) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2178920.stm  
(2) “Crows Better at Tool Building Than Chimps, Study Says”, John Pickrell, 23 April 2003: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/04/0423_030423_crowtools.html
(3) “A beeline for the data”: http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/science/story/0,12450,870853,00.html
(4) Harun Yahya, For Men of Understanding, 2nd. edition, p. 29

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