August 3, 2004 | David F. Coppedge

Worms Didn’t Evolve for 520 Million Years

J.Y. Chen and team in China have found another Cambrian fossil that exhibits zero evolution for nearly the entire history of life.  The abstract from the Royal Society Proceedings: Biological Sciences1 reports the discovery of three kinds of sipunculan worm near the base of the Cambrian, which all “have striking similarities to modern sipunculans.”  These animals, also called peanut worms, have a “sausage-shaped body with a slender retractable introvert and a wider trunk,” and possess complex and distinctive “features, both external (e.g. perioral crown of tentacles, and hooks, papillae and wrinkle rings on the body surface) and internal (U-shaped gut, and the anus opening near the introvert-trunk junction).”  (See Reefkeeping.com for photo and diagram).  The discoverers conclude, “This study suggests that most typical features of extant sipunculans have undergone only limited changes since the Early Cambrian, thus indicating a possible evolutionary stasis over the past 520 Myr [millions of years].”


1Di-Ying Huang, Jun-Yuan Chen, Jean Vannier and J.I. Saiz Salinas, “Early Cambrian sipunculan worms from southwest China,” Royal Society Proceedings: Biological Sciences, Volume 271, Number 1549 – August 22, 2004, 1671 – 1676; ISSN: 0962-8452 (Paper) 1471-2954 (Online); DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2004.2774.

There’s a pattern here, but you have to take off the Darwin glasses to see it.  Darwin glasses cause an optical distortion of vertical parallel lines, making their bottoms appear to converge and connect.  Hard-core Darwinists cannot see without their glasses on.  When pressed to explain how parallel lines could meet, they invoke non-Euclidean biology across parallel universes (see 07/27/2004 headline).  With their glasses on, it’s obvious anyway and in no need of explanation.
See also 07/29/2004 headline on the Cambrian explosion.

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