We have ALWAYS maintained that humans evolved from an ape and we still do. We have ALWAYS maintained that the particular ape both we and chimps evolved from would not be like today's chimpanzees, as they have been evolving in the last 7 million years as well.<quoted text>See?That is why the whole thing seems extremely made up, contrived, decieving, and contradictory. We are told that we did not desend from apes
Its pretty simple if you think about it. Apes evolved from a species of monkey (but not the species we see today, that species is long gone). Yet there are still monkeys. Later, hominids evolved from a species of ape (but not the species we see today, that species is long gone). Yet there are still apes.
And I could go back to any evolutionary book from 10 years, 50 years, or 100 years before today and read essentially the same thing.
Take the ancestral species, Species X. Place it across a large chunk of Africa, 7 million years ago."Around 6-7 million years ago, there was a species of ape....[edited for brevity] And today, our own species is literally the "last man standing" of that group of species". Se the contradiction?
Now, as we can observe by the fossil record of the period, we see a climatic change and drying of the eastern part of Africa at that time, when jungles gave way to savanna (but remained as jungles in the wetter western part of the continent).
The population of Species X in the still jungle Western part were separated from those in the Eastern drier part. Being already jungle adapted, the Western population would not change as much. But those in the drier part did change, and adopted bipedalism as one of the first changes which set off a cascade of complementary changes. From then on, what had been Species X continue to diverge into two different branches.
One evolved towards today's Chimps and Bonobos (the ones that stayed in the Western jungles). The other became hominids, step by step transformed into us with many intermediates along the way that we can see in the fossil record.
None of this is contradictory or contrived or deceiving. It is supported by the fossil record, which clearly shows the convergence of hominid to more apelike forms as we go back in time.