Ichthyosaur Fossilized Giving Birth
Caught in the act: another fossil shows an extinct marine reptile giving birth to live young.
National Geographic published a photo and diagram of the fossil of the “oldest sea monster babies” found in China, “pre-dating the previous record by 10 million years.” Said to date from 248 million years ago, the mother ichthyosaur has one offspring stuck in the pelvis and another inside. PhysOrg and Live Science also reported the fossil. PhysOrg says,
The new specimen may contain the oldest fossil embryos of Mesozoic marine reptile, about 10 million years older than those indicated on previous records. The authors also suggest that live births in land reptiles may have appeared much earlier than previously thought.
Live Science added, “The team recovered more than 80 new ichthyosaur skeletons during a recent field expedition to a fossil quarry in south Majiashan, China.”
All three articles seem focused on these aspects: the early date, and the live birth on land. None of them are asking what circumstances would cause a creature to be instantly buried in an act that probably took mere minutes, maybe seconds. None of the articles contain the words rapid, sudden, or quick. None of them discuss the mechanism that buried them intact, with exquisite detail. Some suggest the mother died of complications during birth. Still, even with a little extra time, most creatures would not fossilize even if they died on a beach.
Creationists have used a previous example of a fossil ichthyosaur giving birth as evidence for rapid burial in a flood rather than evolution (see Creation.com for picture and discussion).
This is a good example of how scientists ask questions based on their world view. We would think most neutral observers would be curious to know how a creature was fossilized in such a snapshot of time. Instead, evolutionists are preoccupied with placing the fossil in their fictional timeline of millions of years, wondering when live birth “emerged” in their fictional tale. It’s analogous to the planetary scientists who are so preoccupied finding life elsewhere, they jump to the L-word life any time there is a possibility water exists or once existed on a planet or moon. It’s like the paleontologists who find blood vessels and soft tissue in dinosaur bone, whose immediate thought is to say, “Well, what do you know; soft tissue can last 70 million years!” They don’t question the millions of years; they work to fit the unexpected data to their prior belief.
This shows that scientists are not objective; they see what they want to see. They ask the questions they want to ask. Like Thomas Kuhn taught, scientists work within a paradigm. They are not trained to question the paradigm, but rather to confirm it. Anomalies are puzzles to solve, not threats to the paradigm. Darwin established the currently-popular paradigm of slow, gradual, natural processes over time, without aim or direction. That is what scientists are trained to care about, whether or not it is true, whether or not the evidence supports it. The attraction of Darwin’s paradigm that makes it so entrenched is (1) it does away with God, so one can live according to one’s own pleasures, and (2) it provides job security for storytellers.
Learn to ask the questions the evolutionists don’t ask. There’s wisdom outside the box, and new, more interesting questions to pursue.