Bubbles Scream Life
Speculation upon speculation leads to euphoria of possibilities for the origin of fossilized gas bubbles.
It might be a fungus. It might be half a billion years older than previously thought. It might rewrite the evolutionary history of complex life, including humans. What is it? A petrified gas bubble in lava, found in South Africa. Phys.org gives the source of the perhapsimaybecouldness parade:
“My attention was drawn to a series of petrified gas bubbles, and when I increased the magnification of the microscope, I was startled,” he recalled.
The bubbles were “filled with hundreds of exquisitely preserved filaments that just screamed ‘life’,” he wrote by email.
“He” is Birger Rasmussen, a geology professor in Sydney, Australia. With seven other evolutionists from Australia, Sweden and Switzerland, he published a paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution that may upset some Darwinian applecarts:
The Early Fungus. Eukaryotes were not supposed to have evolved so early. “The observation that fungus-like organisms inhabited submarine basaltic lavas more than 2.4 Gyr ago (Ga) suggests that this habitat was extremely conservative across the Proterozoic and Phanerozoic eons, and raises questions about the antiquity of fungi and the early history of eukaryotes.”
The Great Choking Event. This should have been before the ‘Great Oxidation Event’ (3/16/17), so what did they breathe? “This would have tremendous implications for the lifestyle of the early ancestors of eukaryotes and fungi,” Rasmussen added.
A Scream Silenced? Maybe what screamed are minerals, not fungi. “Both biogenic and abiogenic mechanisms may be responsible for such tunnels, and distinguishing between the two causes is difficult and controversial.”
Live Science says that evolutionists Andrew Knoll and Doug Erwin remain skeptical about the finds. Erwin says, “”[The discovery], if accurate, would be surprising as it would significantly precede fossil evidence and molecular clock analysis for the origin of eukaryotes, much less the origin of fungi.”
The BBC News says that if this is the world’s oldest fungus, it “raises evolution questions.” Helen Briggs suggests they could be giant prokaryotes or an extinct branch of eukaryotes. If fungi, though, that would make fungi “twice as old as generally accepted in the fossil record,” according to team member Stefan Bengtson. Briggs says that another scientist not part of the research team commented that “the fossil challenges current thinking on when and where eukaryotes evolved.”
Notice Briggs’ wording: it challenges when and where eukaryotes evolved, not that they evolved. Evolutionists don’t mind a new challenge, as long as evolutionary theory itself is not at risk. Here’s what the paper says about evolution:
“Unless they represent an unknown branch of fungus-like organisms, the fossils imply that the fungal clade is considerably older than previously thought, and that fungal origin and early evolution may lie in the oceanic deep biosphere rather than on land. The Ongeluk discovery suggests that life has inhabited submarine volcanics for more than 2.4 billion years.
“The presence of fungi in early Palaeoproterozoic submarine volcanic rocks would, however, overturn current concepts on the timing and circumstances of fungal origin and evolution.
“Fungi living in 2.4-Gyr-old submarine basalts, however, would imply that the fungal clade is considerably older than previously thought, and that fungal origin and early evolution may lie in the oceanic deep biosphere rather than on land.
“The taxonomic characterization of cavity-dwelling mycelial organisms over time will help to answer the question of the spatial and temporal diversity and evolution of the deep biosphere.”
So Darwin is safe. No matter what happens, evolution wins. Just the “timing and circumstances” shift a little. This discovery makes evolution even more powerful than imagined. Look! Complex eukaryotes appear on the scene half a billion years before evolutionists thought it was even possible.
Darwin is always safe. He is immune from falsification, since any other theory is in the “religion” category, according to the ruling mandarins of science. Secular science reporters are also in their grip. That’s why none of them, except independent critical thinkers like us, have the courage to say, “This is stupid.”