Charles Darwin realized that the fossil record, as known during his lifetime, did not support the predictions that his theory of evolution made. He wrote:
"Why is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this is the most obvious and serious objection which can be urged against the theory." (Origin of Species; 6th edition, page 413).
The true fossil situation remains unchanged today.
For instance, millions of fossilized fish and amphibians have been found. Yet despite many claims for transitional candidates, never has an intermediate fossil of a finned fish evolving into a legged amphibian been verified. In fact, never have any of the claimed Darwinian links of any sort held up to true scientific scrutiny.
For one example of a much-promoted ‘missing link,' the April 2006 issue of the scientific journal Nature reported the discovery of well-preserved specimens of fossilized fish in Canadian siltstone.
These fish specimens were dubbed Tiktaalik roseae and, like other lobe-finned fish, were declared to be 359 to 385 million years old. The discoverers claimed Tiktaalik "represent an intermediate between fish with fins and tetrapods with limbs."
However, in a review of Tiktaalik, which appeared in the same issue of Nature, fish experts stated, Tiktaalik "are straightforward fishes: they have small pelvic fins and have well-developed gill arches, suggesting that both animals remained mostly aquatic." In other words, the hailed missing link was just a fish.
A New York Times article proclaimed Tiktaalik "...is still a fish but exhibiting changes that anticipate the beginnings of digits, proto-wrists, elbows and shoulders." And how did the fish "anticipate" that random mutations would one day develop the skeletal, muscular, nerve, and other needed additions to turn stubby fins into functional wrists, elbows and shoulders?
The coelacanth is a lobe-finned fish that was claimed to have been extinct for millions of years until it was found alive a few years ago. It has bones like those of Tiktaalik, yet the living version is just like the fossilized version with zero Darwinian changes! That is, the coelacanth's bones never ‘evolved' into legs and neither did the bones of Tiktaalik.
Renowned Darwinist Stephen Jay Gould wrote: "The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions in organic design, indeed our inability, even in our imagination, to construct functional intermediates in many cases, has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualistic accounts of evolution." (Gould; Evolution Now: A Century After Darwin).
Russ Miller is Founder of Creation, Evolution & Science Ministries.
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