Discovered by the Portuguese in 1505, Mauritius was subsequently held by the Dutch, French, and British before independence was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes. Recent poor weather and declining sugar prices have slowed economic growth, leading to some protests over standards of living in the Creole community. Geography Mauritius Top of Page Location: Definition Field Listing Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar
TBC: The past several weeks has given us a literal wave of "new finds" promoted by evolutionists as they engineer a "full court press" to defend the tottering edifice of evolution. The following excerpts are typical and following past example, will be set aside in a very short time.
"A 4.2 million years-old fossil ape unearthed by scientists is believed to be the remains of one of humanity's earliest ancestors.
"Palaeontologists discovered the cache of bones and teeth at a site in Ethiopia where man is said to have originated - and the breakthrough could represent another part of our evolutionary story.
"The ancient creature 'Australopithecus anamensis' is understood to be a direct ancestor of modern humans.
"The ape described in Nature also supports the theory that Au. anamensis was a direct ancestor of Au. afarensis - the species that included the famous fossil skeleton known as Lucy.
"The Australopithecus genus is thought to have subsequently given rise to our own genus Homo" (UK News, Lifestyle Extra, 4/13/06).
[TBC: Please note, while headlines on various reports may often boldly proclaim "Missing link to earliest humans revealed," the subsequent article is full of cautionary words such as "could represent," "is said," "understood to be," and "is thought." Further, reference is made to "Lucy," as though this limited collection of bones is firmly established. To the contrary, consider the following comments]:
"When I started to put the skeleton together, I expected it to look human. Everyone had talked about Lucy as being very modern, very human, so I was surprised by what I saw. I noticed that the ribs were more round in cross-section, more like what you see in apes. Human ribs are flatter in cross-section. But the shape of the rib cage itself was the biggest surprise of all. The human rib cage is barrel shaped, and I just couldn't get Lucy¹s ribs to fit this kind of shape. But I could get them to make a conical shaped rib cage, like what you see in apes" (Schmid, P., quoted in: Leakey, R. and Lewin R., Origins Reconsidered: In Search of What Makes Us Human, Doubleday, New York, pp. 193194, 1992).