Part 12 Problems with transitional fossils

Is Darwinian Evolution a Fact?

What about transitional fossils?

What should we find if evolution is true?  We should find millions and billions of transitional fossils.  A transitional fossil is a living creature that forms a bridge between two other living organisms.  For example Archaeopteryx is supposed to be a transitional creature between a lizard and a bird.  This creature had wings and feathers like a bird but it also had teeth, a long lizard-like tail, and claws on its wings.  This was hailed as confirmation of the evolutionary link between reptiles and birds.  Scientists finally had evidence for Darwinian Evolution.

However, the joy soon turned to sorrow when paleontologists determined Archaeopteryx was one of the earliest birds and not a missing link.  What is also interesting, this bird is not in the line of modern birds.  In fact modern bird fossils were found in the same geological strata as Archaeopteryx.  What we have is the earliest known member of a totally extinct group of birds.  This creature leads to a dead end.  What was hailed as a transitional fossil is now just an interesting fossil of an early bird.

What Darwin believed was the fossil record would reveal all life resulting from a single source.  This is where we see drawings of the tree of life.  All life started from one point, the tree trunk, and then over years and years moved from simple to more complex and branched out in different directions; similar to the branches of a tree.

Is this true?  Unfortunately, for Darwin what we discover in the fossil evidence is the tree is not alone, it is part of a forest.  In the geological strata, during the Cambrian period, extremely complex life appears out of nowhere.  Instead of life coming out of a common trunk we see life erupting suddenly from multiple directions with no fossil explanation.  It is such an abrupt appearance in the fossil record that scientists have nicknamed it the “Cambrian Explosion.”  Darwin’s tree doesn’t work; the fossil record is a forest of trees; many fossils suddenly appearing in the same time period and in the same geological strata.  This has led many scientists to be skeptical of Darwinian Evolution.

Niles Eldridge, one of the world’s leading experts in vertebrate fossils says this:  “No wonder paleontologists shied away from evolution for so long. It never seems to happen….When we do see the introduction of evolutionary novelty, it usually shows up with a bang, and often with no firm evidence that the fossils did not evolve elsewhere! Evolution cannot forever be going on somewhere else.”

What Eldridge is saying is there’s no evidence of a gradual step by step variation from one organism to another; no macroevolution.  In the fossil record we don’t see gradual change leading to new species; instead we see fully formed organisms; many of which come and then go out of existence; they lead to dead ends.  The fossil record is a forest, not a tree.  Without transitional fossils, Darwinian Evolution is proven false.

The Bible teaches God created individually a variety of living creatures. (Genesis 1:21-25)

Genesis 1:21, “God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.”

The reason the fossils appear in the geological strata suddenly and without explanation is because God created all life.  Organisms can only reproduce after their own kind.  A fish cannot reproduce a lizard, a dinosaur cannot eventually become a bird after millions of years.  The Bible confirms the law of biogenesis, like begets like.

Genesis 1:24-25 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. 25 God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

What the Bible teaches is exactly what we see in the fossil record; living creatures reproducing after their kind.  God is the creator and He is the reason we see fossils appearing out of nowhere, suddenly without an explanation; a forest instead of a tree.  This puzzles scientists but not theologians, not Christians.  This is exactly what we should expect according to the Bible.  God created individual living creatures according to their kind; fully formed organisms.  The fossil record confirms the Bible is right and true.

In summary, we see is that scientists have no idea how life comes from non-life, how early life is so complex, and why there aren’t millions and billions of transitional forms.  DARWINIAN EVOLUTION IS NOT A FACT!  Instead it is a theory with major flaws or an implausible modern day creation story.

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