Man: Created to Walk Upright | The Institute for Creation Research

Man: Created to Walk Upright

One of the many serious problems with “human evolution” is how, when, why, and where our alleged apelike ancestors decided to rise and walk upright as mankind does today.1 New research has changed the story. Again.

Anthropologists have long thought that our ape ancestors evolved an upright torso in order to pick fruit in forests, but new research from the University of Michigan suggests a life in open woodlands and a diet that included leaves drove apes' upright stature.2

So now it’s picking leaves off trees–not necessarily fruit–that drove our ape ancestors to walk upright and sire humans.

But new research centered around a 21-million-year-old fossil ape called Morotopithecus and led by [University of Michigan researcher Laura] MacLatchy suggests this might not be the case. Instead, researchers think early apes ate leaves and lived in a seasonal woodland with a broken canopy and open, grassy areas. The researchers suggest this landscape, instead of fruit in closed canopy forests, drove apes' upright stature.2

The article also stated, “The findings have transformed what we thought we knew about early apes...“This is due in part because of the questionable evolutionary status of Morotopithecus, the great apes alive today (hominids), and their supposed evolutionary connection with Miocene primates that lived “25 million years ago.”

As always, there are no clear candidates for the ancestors of humans3 or any modern apes (except orangutans, and evolution states that orangutans supposedly diverged from the human lineage between approximately 12 and 15 million years ago). According to evolution theory, the fossil record in Africa between 13 and 5 million years ago is extremely scarce, leaving an 8-million-year-old break until the first hominins’ appearance about 6 millions of years ago.

In 2022, some evolutionists suggested that ecological changes in Africa were due to nothing less than massive interstellar events, "Exploding stars may trigger ecological changes on Earth, which might in turn have led humans to embrace the two-legged life.“4

A year later, John Kingston, a biological anthropologist, stated, "For the first time, we're showing that these [C4] grasses are widespread, and it's this general context of open seasonal woodland ecosystems that were integral in shaping the evolution of different mammalian lineages, including and especially in our case, how different ape lineages evolved."2

The ideas of leaf-picking and exploding stars to explain upright walking are purely hypothetical, if not outright fanciful, borne out of a desire to describe the gradual evolution of humans rather than their special creation. Indeed, the following quote shows the tenuous nature of this strange evolutionary interpretation:

"These open environments have been invoked to explain human origins, and it was thought that you started to get these more open, seasonal environments between 10 and 7 million years ago," MacLatchy said. "Such an environmental shift is thought to have been selected for terrestrial bipedalism—our ancestors started striding around on the ground because the trees were further apart.2 (emphasis added)

But not only has the time for the origin of grassy woodlands changed, but the human origins timeline must now be rethought, “Now that we've shown that such environments were present at least 10 million years before bipedalism evolved, we need to really rethink human origins, too."2

Evolutionist explanations of a purely naturalistic origin of mankind changes almost monthly. Now, we find they are grasping at leaves. But God’s word never changes. People have been created in God’s image just thousands of years ago.


  1. Sherwin, F. Upright Walking Ancestor? Creation Science Update. Posted on September 15, 2022, accessed April 27, 2023.
  2. University of Michigan. Apes may have evolved upright stature for leaves, not fruit, in open woodland habitats. PhysOrg. Posted on April 2023, accessed April 16, 2023.
  3. Tomkins, J. et al. 2022. Human Origins. Dallas, Texas: Institute for Creation Research.
  4. Johnson-Groh, M. Could a supernova have made humans bipedal? Astronomy Magazine. Posted on May 28, 2019, accessed April 26, 2023.

* Dr. Sherwin is science news writer at the Institute for Creation Research. He earned an M.A. in zoology from the University of Northern Colorado and received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Pensacola Christian College.

The Latest
Recent Paleontological Discoveries Are Just What Creationists...
Current news from the field of paleontology is what creationists expected and even predicted. Whether recent fossil discoveries are invertebrates or...

New Evidence for Catastrophic Plate Tectonics (CPT)?
Geophysicist Samantha Hansen and colleagues may have just strengthened evidence for catastrophic plate tectonics (CPT), the leading theoretical model...

The Price of Freedom
"And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born" (Acts 22:28). The privilege...

Darwin, Hitler, and the Holocaust Part 1 - A Faulty Foundation...
From 1941 to 1945, Nazi Germany and its allies systematically murdered approximately six million Jews in a genocide known as the Holocaust....

July 2024 ICR Wallpaper
"For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve on another."...

Intelligently Designed Flapping Frequencies
Physicists at Roskilde University in Denmark have shown that a single equation correctly describes the frequency of wing and fin strokes for a wide...

Evangelism, Apologetics, and Fighting a False Gospel | Creation.Live...
How do we share the Gospel in a society where truth is subjective? How can we effectively reject the insidious counterfeit gospels that have crept...

Creation Kids: Butterflies
by Renée Dusseau and Susan Windsor* You're never too young to be a creation scientist and explore our Creator's world. Kids, discover...

Exceedingly, Abundantly Grateful
As I finished another year of teaching in the spring of 2023, I knew the Lord was preparing me for something different in my career—I just didn’t...

Genetic Recombination: A Regulated and Designed Chromosomal System
According to the evolutionary paradigm, complex genetic information in the form of genes and regulatory DNA can randomly evolve through mutations and...