Dharma Flower wrote:Unless there is incontrovertible and unequivocal evidence ...
I'm sorry, but I think the fossil evidence is stronger than 'a scripture says that....'
However, it might interest you to know that the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection had a second author, namely, Alfred Russel Wallace. He had developed a very similar theory to Charles Darwin, and was about to publish it, when Darwin contacted him and they published a paper together (although Darwin was sole author of On the Origin of Species.)
When Darwin later published on the Descent of Man, Wallace questioned whether Darwinian evolution alone accounted for the abilities and nature of h. sapiens. This was the subject of one of the chapters of a book of his, Darwinism Applied to Man. He accepts that evolutionary theory can account for the physical characteristics of the human species, but questions whether the 'moral, intellectual, musical and artistic faculties' can be so explained, which he doubts. He concludes the chapter:
We... find that the Darwinian theory, even when carried out to its extreme logical conclusion, not only does not oppose, but lends a decided support to, a belief in the spiritual nature of man. It shows us how man's body may have been developed from that of a lower animal form under the law of natural selection; but it also teaches us that we possess intellectual and moral faculties which could not have been so developed, but must have had another origin; and for this origin we can only find an adequate cause in the unseen universe of Spirit.
Generally, science has chosen to neglect Wallace's objections, because he was interested in spiritualism, and to concentrate on Darwin's ideas.