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A segment on Australia’s version of “60 Minutes” proclaiming a family with four disabled members who walk on four legs as “evolutionary throwbacks” has audiences worldwide aghast – not just because it’s preposterous, but it was discredited by another news organization four years ago.

“You’re about to meet a family that shouldn’t exist – a family like no other,” explains the narrator of the broadcast made earlier this month. “They could be the missing link between man and ape – the Holy Grail scientists have sought for generations. They are living, breathing men and women but they walk on all fours, just as we did 4 million years ago. And until this film was shot, they were hidden away, unseen by the outside world.”

While the video footage is disturbing, the cruel, barbaric and inhuman invectives used to describe the four children in a 18-person family, five of whom suffer from genetic disorder probably resulting from intermarriage with close relatives in a remote village in the southern Hatay province of Turkey.

Not only was the “60 Minutes” crew taken in by the sensational nature of the discovery, so were the scientists who accompanied them.

They were called by the narrator “a family that could rewrite the evolution textbooks.”

Professor Nick Humphreys, described as “an evolutionary psychiatrist” called the family “an evolutionary throwback,” though acknowledging that what viewers are seeing is a genetic disorder, which he claims has been “undone by several million years of evolution.”

“The immediate response I had was I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Humphreys said. “I never expected under the most extraordinary scientific fantasy, that modern human beings could return to an animal state.”

“It sounded like the anthropological find of the millennium – the once-in-a-lifetime discovery that scientists dream of,” hypes the narrator.

Humphrey says these children have reinvented a form of locomotion that evolutionists claim corresponds to “the way our ancestors walked. With this assertion in mind, the next question is: “So why, for the first time in eons, are human beings now walking again on all fours?”

“Basic neurological tests confirm there is something is wrong with their brains, but that doesn’t suggest why they walk like animals,” says the narrator.

All five children have brain damage – a shrunken cerebellum.

The narrator says the very essence of what makes us human is being able to walk upright and that the audience is watching “living, breathing fossils.”

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But it turns out all they needed were some walkers and physical therapy.

Strangely, the story of evidence of reverse-evolution was discredited back on July 14, 2014, by the London Daily Mail, and first being found in 2005.

The story began: “A Turkish family that walks on all fours do not walk like primates and are not an example of ‘reverse evolution,’ scientists today claimed.”

“Earlier theories claimed the Ulas family’s quadrupedal gait was similar to the movement of primates, suggesting ‘a backwards stage in human evolution,'” reported the paper. “But now, American scientists have concluded that the siblings’ walk is an adaptation to an unforeseen and rare disorder.”

To adapt to the condition, the family members developed quadrupedalism, they said.

“I was determined to set the record straight, because these erroneous claims about the nature and cause of the quadrupedalism have been published over and over again, without any actual analysis of the biomechanics of their gait, and by researchers who are not experts in primate locomotion,” said lead researcher Liza Shapiro, of the University of Texas, in another report in the Washington Post.

“We have shown that the quadrupedalism resembles that of healthy human adults asked to walk quadrupedally in an experimental setting. [They do not] prefer the diagonal sequence/diagonal couplets gait characteristic of nonhuman primates.”

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