This aticle is interesting, considering that The Urantia Book spends a good deal of the text on the subject of evolution. Our blog (below) will expand on evolution in The Urantia Book; but the first thing that jumped out at me in this article called Dear Science answers your questions about evolution by Rachel Feltman and Sarah Kaplan was this:
"A few weeks ago, Dear Science featured news that some of you found alarming:
"You are an ape.
"That column addressed some common misconceptions about how humans emerged in response to a question about evolution: "Why aren't apes evolving into humans?"
"There's a simple answer: Humans did not evolve from chimpanzees or any of the other great apes that live today. We instead share a common ancestor that lived roughly 10 million years ago. Asking why modern chimps don't look more like humans is like asking why the children of your cousins don't look more like you than their parents. They're on an entirely different evolutionary path."
This is a good article, even though it may not reflect many of Urantia Book teachings as yet. Science marches on, and in time, it is inevitable that science discovery will corroborate Urantia Book teachings about evolution, just as it does for cosmology. But for now, it is enough that mankind has reached the understanding that he does have about who we are...and more will be revealed!
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Evolution in The Urantia Book
The Urantia Book's teachings on evolution are remarkable. They put into context the forces and the purposes behind evolution. The story of the evolution of man from a cellular bacterium to the crown of creation takes us behind the scenes to show us factors that are newly revealed for our edification and understanding...concepts that enlarge our understanding of evolution to include the spiritual as well as the material. In fact, many aspects of our civilization and ourselves are evolutionary - progress in many areas leading to eventual perfection in all.
ARE we descended from apes?
I suppose this could be troubling to us; in any event, we come from a very humble beginning indeed, so an ape might have ben a big improvement! But it is not true. We are not descended from apes, according to the teachings of The Urantia Book
The Following passages are taken from the paper called The Dawn Races of Early Man
"Man and the ape are related only in that they sprang from the mid-mammals, a tribe in which there occurred the contemporaneous birth and subsequent segregation of two pairs of twins: the inferior pair destined to produce the modern types of monkey, baboon, chimpanzee, and gorilla; the superior pair destined to continue the line of ascent which evolved into man himself.
"Modern man and the simians did spring from the same tribe and species but not from the same parents. Man's ancestors are descended from the superior strains of the selected remnant of this mid-mammal tribe, whereas the modern simians (excepting certain pre-existent types of lemurs, gibbons, apes, and other monkeylike creatures) are the descendants of the most inferior couple of this mid-mammal group, a couple who only survived by hiding themselves in a subterranean food-storage retreat for more than two weeks during the last fierce battle of their tribe, emerging only after the hostilities were well over."
Human beings are called Primates in The Urantia Book
"And now, after almost nine hundred generations of development, covering about twenty-one thousand years from the origin of the dawn mammals, the Primates suddenly gave birth to two remarkable creatures, the first true human beings.
"Thus it was that the dawn mammals, springing from the North American lemur type, gave origin to the mid-mammals, and these mid-mammals in turn produced the superior Primates, who became the immediate ancestors of the primitive human race. The Primates tribes were the last vital link in the evolution of man, but in less than five thousand years not a single individual of these extraordinary tribes was left."
This story of the first two human beings is a fascinating, thrilling account of our long-ago ancestors in the chain of evolution. They were truly an evolution!
AND - Read Paper 62 for the rest of the story.
How Does The Urantia Book teach evolution?
For an excellent overview of evolution, please see
The Overcontol of Evolution
And we also have a condensed topical study that you might like HERE
The facts of our ascendency from bacteria in the coastal waters in a sheltered bay to the pinnacle of creation is a story and a concept that will capture your interest, and give you just one more reason to love God and his plans for us. It is another instance of The Urantia Book telling "OURstory" the history of our shared world. Knowing the dertails and finer points of the evolutionary panorama will only aid you in putting proper and workable context into our seemingly random and dangerous existence here on the world of the cross.