Out of the Mouth of Babes: Common Sense About Fish, Fossils, and Evolution
Dinosaur-Era Living Fossil and how God Teaches Kids About Creation
Recently yet another living fossil shark was found. Newsweek announced, “Prehistoric, Dinosaur-Era Shark With Insane Teeth Found Swimming Off Coast of Portugal.” For more photos, see The Independent and Slate.com.
Given that a shark can take 18 years to mature, using 20 years as an approximate time for a generational cycle, the “fossil” shark underwent about 400,000 generations and was still a shark! This raises the question why should we expect any fish even after a few million generations to become an eagle as the Darwinists insist is the case?
I spent the last 3 months arguing on the internet with evolutionary biologists including a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Joe Felsenstein. They could never explain why, in light of the evidence of “living fossils,” they would expect after N-generations a fish would be anything other than a fish.
The Darwinian tale goes like this:
- Once upon a time, there were these fish called Sarcopterygiians. One of the Sarcopterygiians was a lungfish, one was a coelacanth, and the other had no name—no exact fossil—but remains a missing link to this day. This missing link called some sort of Tetrapodomorpha (‘four-footed shape’).
- The coelacanth gave birth to other coelecanths and after hundreds of millions of years is still a coelacanth.
- The lungfish gave birth to other lungfish, and after hundreds of millions of years is still a lungfish.
- Yet, this unnamed missing-link-of-a-Sarcopterygiian sister fish evolved to become the ancestor of all foxes, turtles, frogs, cows, kangaroos, squirrels, giraffes, parrots, ostriches, penguins, lions, and other tetrapods.
So I kept pressing my evolutionary opponents, “why does the lungfish stay a lungfish for hundreds of millions of years, the coelacanth a coelacanth for hundreds of millions of years, yet their sister Sarcopterygiian fish for which we have no fossil, and no exact description, and which you insist erased itself from the planet and left no fossil with a name, that supposedly looked like a fish – why did this mythical fish do something different than its sister fishes and evolve to become tens of thousands of creatures like turtles, parrots and giraffes?” I essentially said, “doesn’t something look amiss to you evolutionists?”
All of this reminded me of an incident a couple of years back. I was invited by some parents in my church to teach their kids about creation. I was explaining to the parents how Darwinists want to poison the kids’ minds by telling them, in essence, “your mommy and daddy came from a fish.” One of the children, a six year-old boy, overheard the conversation and said emphatically, “that’s stupid.”
The incident brought to mind the words of Jesus:
“I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children” (Matthew 11:25).
Ed. note: See also Psalm 8:2, “Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.” The foes of God these days are the materialists and evolutionists. The strength of infants is in their common sense.
Salvador Cordova has appeared on National TV, radio shows, newspapers, books and magazines for his work in promoting Intelligent Design and Creation Science. He is a former scientist and engineer in the aerospace and defense industry and presently serves as a professor and researcher in the area of Christian apologetics at small Bible College. He has 4 science degrees including an MS in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University and is presently working on a PhD. See his author profile for his previous articles.