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The Origins of Man

One day, eight-year-old Melissa says to her mother, "Mommy, I've been thinking about us humans and I'm a bit puzzled. How did we first appear on Earth?"

"That's a very good question, darling," her mother replies. "God made Adam and Eve and they had children and then their children had children, and as a result, mankind began."

Later that day, Melissa asks her father the same question. "Daddy, how did we humans first appear on earth?"

"That's an intelligent question, Melissa," he replies. "Millions of years ago there were monkeys from which, gradually, the human race evolved."

Melissa is confused by this answer and goes back to her mother. "Mommy," she asks, "how come you told me the human race was created by God, yet daddy said they developed from monkeys?"

"Well darling," replies her mother, smiling, "the answer is simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his."

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