My good Doctor,<quoted text>You had me worried for a moment, there is nothing that keeps someone from believing in evolution and a creator God as posted below.
If Man Evolved From Ape, Then Why Are There Still Apes?
Firstly, man did not evolve from modern apes. Man and modern apes share a common ancestor, which is extinct. However, the question comes from a flawed understanding of how evolution works. Evolution is not a straight line, where entire populations change into new species all at the same time. Often times, a small group breaks away from a population and begins to evolve independently of the source group. The source group does not need to go extinct, and is generally unaffected by the development of the smaller group. This is called "Allopatric Speciation," and it is just one of many ways that new species can evolve. There is nothing in evolutionary theory which states a source population must go extinct in order for new species to evolve.
[ References: Wikipedia: Allopatric Speciation,
Wikipedia: Speciation Modes ]
What About the Missing Link?
The concept of a "missing link" between humans and apes arose in the 19th century, when the fossil record was largely incomplete. Large gaps separated species, casting doubt on the theory of evolution. But in the last 130 years, a plethora of fossils have been discovered, greatly narrowing the gaps between species. The Australopithecus afarensis fossil known as "Lucy" is considered to be a key fossil bridging the gap between humans and primitive hominids.
[ References: Wikipedia: Astralopithecus afarensis ]
Can You Believe in God and Evolution at the Same Time?
Of course. Many faiths accept evolution as the explanation for the current level of biodiversity, usually stipulating that a creator initially designed the Universe, or guided the processes of evolution. In fact, in 1996, Pope John Paul II reaffirmed the Catholic Church's position that evolution does not conflict with Christianity. Evolution does not contradict the overall philosophy of the Bible, Torah, Koran, or any religious text.
Your argument and presentation has improved on the subject of evolution of mankind. As I stated previously there may have been prototypes as God fined tuned his creation. My belief will never change in that In the beginning God created ..
I would like for you to ponder a moment and review the Plant Hopper Insect,Issus coleoptratus. You have an analytical mind. Mechanical gears can only point to a supreme designer and engineer. Theres no way that happenstance and natural selection came up with a mechanical gear.
The same for the Venus Fly Trap. With its internal relay logic. Its a machine Doctor just like the Plant Hopper Insect. Theres evidence of a supreme designer.