On Nov. 24, Google celebrated the 41st anniversary of the archeological discovery of "Lucy," a fossil from 3.2 million years ago. The web giant posted an evolutionary doodle of the March of Progress, which signifies 25 million years of evolutionary development.
Not everyone was happy with the remembrance of this scientific discovery. The Friendly Atheist notes that several Christians were outraged on Twitter:
@google my web page shows google in evolution form. Gtbkm! What do you think are we are evolving to? I am changing search engines! OFFENDED
Today is boycott Google Day for me due to their evolution theme. Sorry, but something from nothing is just...dare I say...stupid.
Google no thanks for the evolution banner. Your promoting a unproven fairytale. The truth is GOD created the heavens and the earth.
Don't believe today's @Google #doodle You were #created by God & made in His #image
Google displaying ape to man evolution. If man came from ape – why are there still apes? Do not be deceived. God made us in His image.
Shame on #google for their logo today. There is no evidence to support evolution of apes to man. Darwin even said it was a stupid theory.
Google's main page is ridiculous. We can showcase something as ridiculous as evolution, but not Christianity. Great?
@google Funny how the main Google image today is the evolution of humans from monkeys. If that was a cross, world would be up in arms. Shame
I love how Google can have a "doodle" celebrating evolution, but they can't have one celebrating the historical significance of Easter...
However, the Friendly Atheist also notes that Google has, in fact, celebrated Easter with doodles.
The BBC reported in 2014 that 40 percent of Lucy's skeleton was discovered by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson and his team in Ethiopia back in November 1974.
Johanson played a Beatles song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," while examining the skeletal remains, and one of his team members suggested that he call it "Lucy."
Four years later, Lucy was classified as a new ape-like species called Australopithecus afarensis.
According to The Independent, Lucy demonstrated that the ancestors of humans started walking upright before progressing to an intellectually higher level.