Yesterday, Google used one of its signature Doodles to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the discovery of 'Lucy', the name given to a collection of fossilised bones that once made up the skeleton of a female Australopithecus afaraensis, who lived in Ethiopia around 3.2 million years ago.
The discovery of Lucy's bones was hugely significant to our understanding of human evolution - her skeleton shows she walked upright, suggesting that man could have split from ape ancestors much earlier than previously thought.
What's more, the species that Lucy belonged to was practically unknown before her discovery. Through studying her bones, scientists were able to understand more about how animals have evolved throughout time.
It was a significant moment for our understanding of evolution, but many creationists weren't happy about Google promoting the theory of evolution on their homepage.
Lots of people were disappointed in Google:
@google since Allah(God)and creation have much proofs than evolution,i expect to see something about it also on your homepage What a shame— MR_M900 (@MR_M900) November 24, 2015
Pushing your beliefs on others are you Google? Isn't that what you godless folks object to about Christians?— Jim Jensen (@jimjljensen) November 24, 2015
Others responded with anger.
@google fuck off google preaching we went from a monkey to a man. People need to hear the truth not lies!!!!— Charlie G (@charliegillno1) November 24, 2015
@google haha! Are we from monkey? You believe it? I don't !— chilitofu (@_chilitofu_) November 24, 2015
@google 1st generation should be from Adam and Eve . Not bullshit monkey .— brother wan (@mrherwan) November 25, 2015
Others thought that Google was implying they were monkeys, and got offended.
IM NOT A FUCKING MONKEY @google MAYBE WHITE PEOPLE CAME FROM MONKEYS BUT COLORED PEOPLE BEEN NATIVE TO THIS PLANET.— ~FRE$CO~ (@1KingSco) November 24, 2015
@google So your home page is saying all humans came from monkeys? You have no proof just a made up theory to avoid the truth of creation.— 2SoundOff (@2SoundOff1) November 24, 2015
Google, im not a monkey!— Little Toe (@syhrad) November 24, 2015
I might be bugging but is it just me or did Google mock the black race by making a monkey revolve into a man? #Google thats not cool at all!— Ms. SaSsY CHERYL (@NaturalbeautyEP) November 24, 2015
The hypocrites at #Google are showing their prejudice again; preaching evolution & monkey worship while shunning Christian & Jewish holidays— arieliondotcom ن (@arieliondotcom) November 24, 2015
And of course, the Westboro Baptist Church got involved.
41st anniversary of Lucy discovery. Darwin said if evolution where so, there would be MANY 'missing links.' Where they at, @dougiebolton?— God Hates The Media (@WBCJael) November 24, 2015
Of course, there we just as many people defending Google's decision.
Shame on #Google for the evolution theme. I hear it's part of a godless series including math, chemistry, geology, physics, and literature.— Joshua Kelly (@JoshuaKelly116) November 24, 2015
Never before has a Google Doodle prompted so much drama.